New Normal PBL Academy: Fostering New Norms for Teaching and Learning in Secondary Mathematics Classrooms
Led by experienced mathematics professional developers Valerie Maxwell, Jamila Riser, Amanda Jansen, Teddie Psitos, Thomas Becker, Robin Corrozi, and Michael Reitemeyer, the New Normal professional development program supports the evolving content and pedagogical needs of the problem-based enthusiasts in Delaware schools and institutions of higher education.
New Normal is focused on the use of evidence-based high leverage practices and a progression of purposefully sequenced conceptually-grounded lessons targeting content that research has suggested have been gatekeepers for success at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Each summer, New Normal PBL Academy participants engage in rich mathematics learning experiences that:
- promote a common vision for what problem-based, student thinking centered mathematics classrooms look like, feel like, and sound like;
- develop both the skills and disposition to promote highly engaging conceptually-grounded Common Core inspired lessons in their classrooms;
- build local and state level leadership capacity through engagement in job-embedded face-to-face and on-line professional learning (action research); and
- provide opportunities for teachers, coaches, and administrators to individually and collectively pursue a stance of inquiry, reflection, and ongoing learning regarding their efforts to support deeper and more enduring mathematics learning environments in their schools.
Resources for Conceptually-Grounded Problem-Based Learning Enthusiasts
CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice: This document was developed by members of the New Normal professional development program. It includes a range of descriptors (old normal vs. new normal) to support teachers, coaches, and administrators in imagining classroom norms that are aligned with the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice. The tool also includes references to Delaware’s DPAS 2 evaluation metrics (Based on Charlotte Danielson’s framework).
Download Problem Based Learning Model (2015): This is our attempt to capture an image of what it would look like to engage students in a conceptually-grounded problem-based lesson. The work was inspired by the members of the Delaware Mathematics Coalition New Normal Community.
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This website includes links to videos for Math Modeling enthusiasts.