Module 2: Planning with Young Mathematicians in Mind
Provocation 2b: Deepening Understandings and Connections
Context for your inquiry: On the one hand, curriculum tends to be designed to reflect increasingly sophisticated concepts as children progress through the grades. That is why organizational structures like grades and strands frame traditional planning processes. On the other hand, researchers are contributing new road maps about how children are likely to progress in mathematics and what foundational knowledge is necessary for them to make their next steps. And that is why “making student thinking visible” becomes so important. The more we as educators can make connections between program/ curriculum concepts and actual student thinking, the more we can support a natural flow of learning.