Pathways Classroom Rules of Engagement
Speak with Meaning
- What you say should carry meaning TO OTHERS.
- Reference quantities when describing formulas, interpreting graphs, and justifying your approach!
- Explain why your approach works; not just how you got your answer.
- Describe operations in terms of the meaning they convey (How much greater than, how many times as large as, etc.).
Exhibit Intellectual Integrity
- Base your conjectures on a logical foundation.
- Don't pretend to understand when you don't.
Strive to Make Sense
- Persist in making sense of problem situations and others' thinking.
Respect the Learning Process of Others
- Allow others the opportunity to think, reflect and construct.
- When assisting your peers, pose questions to help them construct meaning rather than showing them how to get the answer.
Specific Goals for Improving Instruction
- Choose tasks that promote inquiry and meaning making in students.
- Pose questions that promote thinking and learning
- Be attentive to the thinking of your students.
These rules of engagement can be downloaded here.