About

As a math methods professor, some questions I frequently get about the instructional activities we focus on in class are –

  • What does this look like with “real students” ?
  • What if a student says something you aren’t expecting, or shares a pattern or strategy that you don’t understand?
  • How will ‘real’ students solve this task? Can they really do it?
  • How can I support students facing difficulty in mathematics to be successful in these lessons?
  • What numbers or task should I use with students in my field site?

This blog is an attempt to support my students (pre-service elementary teachers) and others like them as they attempt to understand and enact a range of instructional activities with learners in grades 1-6. Specifically, on this blog you can find:

  • Examples of choral counts and number talks (open strategy share and others) that others have used with students in public school field sites in Syracuse
  • Examples of student work and notice/wonder charts from 3-act tasks enacted by Charlotte and by SU students in public school field sites in Syracuse
  • Examples of 3-act tasks created by Charlotte or by SU students for use in public school field sites in Syracuse
  • Examples of task and activities (and student work) from modeling and rehearsals done during methods class

As the library of tasks, reflections, and photos grows, we will add organization devices like tags, pages, and filters. If you have an idea or post to contribute, please let me know!

Charlotte J. D. Sharpe, Ph.D.
Mathematics Education, Syracuse University
cjsharpe@syr.edu