Lesson Plan for Activity 1
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Summary of Activity 1: Community Walk
Prospective teachers conduct one or more visits (including virtual visits) to the community surrounding their field-placement school. There are various options for these visits, depending on the particular circumstances of each methods site. These visits may involve posing and investigating a problem related to the community setting.
Conduct a discussion about prospective teachers’ current knowledge of the community in which they are conducting their field observation/student teaching and about their thoughts about how the community might be a resource for students’ mathematics learning. Full lesson plan includes a list of sample questions to guide discussion and three optional activities.
During the visits, prospective teachers should LOOK for and DOCUMENT evidence of mathematics and talk to individuals who work/play/shop in the setting about how they use mathematics, and when possible, take pictures and/or collect artifacts to document evidence of mathematical activity. The goal here is for prospective teachers to recognize mathematical practices in children’s communities and to take note of things in the neighborhood or school that they hadn’t noticed before or that surprised them. Several optional activities that could occur during this section are included in the full lesson plan.