Just in Time Professional Development
Just In Time Professional Development
Current research shows the importance of creating mathematics classrooms in which students engage in rich, real-world problems, have meaningful mathematical conversations with their peers, investigate and discover patterns, make conjectures, justify their thinking, and are active participants in their own mathematical journey. How can we nurture this environment in classrooms, especially when so many of us were trained in a system that emphasized memorization and calculation completely devoid of context?
The Just in Time Professional development program brings teachers together in grade-alike groups each quarter to experience UCLA Curtis Center model lessons specifically designed to foster rich, interactive classrooms. Facilitators model best practices as the teachers experience new mathematics as student-learners. The lessons are specifically chosen to cover topics the teachers will be covering in the upcoming quarter of their school’s curriculum guide so that the material is fresh on their minds, giving them the confidence to successfully implement them.
Through participation in the program, teachers will experience a hands-on, interactive classroom as learners, receive classroom-ready lessons specifically tailored to their syllabus, and get support from Curtis Center staff throughout the implementation process.