Embedding Mathematical Practices Using Study Team Strategies in

Embedding Math
Practices Using Study
Team Strategies in
Daily Lessons
Presenter: Bonnie Walczak
Parkview Middle School
Ashwaubenon, WI
Throughout this hour, we will…
• Talk about the importance of students working in teams.
• Put ourselves in the role of a student in order to see how
Study Team Strategies involve everyone in a team.
• Relate a few of the Math Practices to a few Study Team
Give-One, Get-One
• Please take out a sheet of
paper (I have a stack up front
if you need one)
• Fold the paper into four equal
• Label each of those sections as
you see to the right.
• In each section, without
talking, please write some
ideas that you have about each
topic. You have 5 minutes.
Ice Breaker
Grouping Ideas
Favorite Vacation
Good Reads
When the music starts, you walk around…
When the music stops:
• Pair up with the person
closest to you and share
your ideas for each
When the music starts again:
• Repeat
Top Ten Things Employers Look for in
New College Graduates
1. The ability to work well in teams—especially with people different
from yourself
2. An understanding of science and technology and how these subjects
are used in real-world settings
3. The ability to write and speak well
4. The ability to think clearly about complex problems
5. The ability to analyze a problem to develop workable solutions
6. An understanding of global context in which work is now done
7. The ability to be creative and innovative in solving problems
8. The ability to apply knowledge and skills in new settings
9. The ability to understand numbers and statistics
10. A strong sense of ethics and integrity
Source: "How Should Colleges Prepare Students to Succeed in Today's Global Economy?" (Results of a
national poll by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, 2007).
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
Mathematical Practices
Model with mathematics.
Use appropriate tools strategically.
Attend to precision.
Look for and make use of structure.
Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
Math Practice 1
Study Team Strategy:
Traveling Salesman
• Traveling Salesman:
• The team solves the problem together and makes sure everyone
can explain the solution.
• The students number off and the teacher picks a number from
each group to rotate to all other groups to share their team’s
• The groups listen to the different solutions and vote for the
best solution at the end.
• As a team, come up with a solution to the
logic problem I will be passing out.
• Please number off 1-4.
Math Practice 2
Math Practice 3
Study Team Strategy:
Silent Debate
• Silent Debate:
• Students work in pairs: one is “pro” the other is “con”
• A topic is given, the “pro” goes first making a supportive
statement in writing
• The “con” reads the statement and then writes a comment
against the topic.
• The process repeats 3-4 times.
• No talking, just writing
• Work with the person next to you…the topic is:
0.9… equals 1
Math Practice 4
Math Practice 5
Math Practice 6
Study Team Strategy:
Reciprocal Teaching
• Reciprocal Teaching:
• In pairs, Person A pretends that Person B was absent
and explains a concept.
• Switch roles and continue
• Video: Reciprocal Teaching Example
Math Practice 7
Math Practice 8
Study Team Strategy:
Fortune Cookie
• Fortune Cookie
• Choose 5-6 questions and put in an envelope
• Each team receives an envelope
• One person draws a question, and makes one statement about
the topic, then passes it on
• The next person adds their own statement or responds to the
previous statement
• When everyone has responded to the first statement, another
person draws from the envelope and repeats the process.
• Study Team Strategies are intended to be used in daily
lessons in order to involve every student in their education.
• The Standards for Mathematical Practice and Study Team
Strategies work well together to prepare your students for
future success.
• As teachers, we need to make sure our students can persevere
through problems and use appropriate tools
strategically…check out this video and think about which
character represents you as a teacher and which one is the
student. Baby Squirrel Video
• video can be found at:
Thank you for attending
my session!
Have a great rest of the
school year!
If you are interested in learning more about
some of the resources I used today, please
check out www.cpm.org
(College Preparatory Mathematics)
The posters can be found at:
Jordan School District 2011, Grade 6
Clip Art Licensed from Clip Art Gallery on