For those interested in the mathematical education of teachers, the University of Michigan Mathematics Teaching and Learning to Teach Project offers four-day institutes designed to develop participants’ understanding of Specialized Content Knowledge (SCK). These Institutes offer a rare opportunity to learn about mathematics that is unique to the work of teaching, as well as gain expertise in the development of SCK instructional tasks and assessment items. The institutes emphasize cross-community collaboration, providing support for mathematicians, teacher educators, education researchers, and others to collaborate and communicate across institutional boundaries. Each institute culminates in the development of a contract between participants and institute leaders for ongoing work tailored to suit each group’s particular interests and goals. Past participants have appreciated opportunities to collaborate across communities, the practical focus on the development of tasks, and the chance to develop knowledge and skill related to SCK.
What past participants are saying:
I liked the opportunity to get to know and interact with people from different professional backgrounds and experiences (teachers, teacher educators, mathematician, college professors). I liked that we were a small group working together actively.
The workshop pushed my thinking on the definition of SCK, and also how items can get at SCK. I was continually challenged to specify mathematical ideas in realistic pedagogical contexts.
Processing with colleagues during the sessions deepened our understanding. Forming goals with them to carry our work forward makes the work both more meaningful and more fun!
The next institute will take place November 10-13, 2016. Tentative future institute dates include March 23-26, 2017, May 10-13 2017, and June 22-25, 2017. Visit the institute website for more information or to apply.