In-class lessons are
organized in a four-phase cycle. Students engage in (1) Launch
(Think About This Situation) - a whole-class discussion
establishing a context for the lesson; (2) Explore - a small group
investigation of more focused real-world problems; (3) Share and
Summarize (Checkpoint) - a whole-class discussion enabling
groups to summarize results of investigations and construct a
shared understanding of important concepts, methods, and approaches;
and (4) Apply (On Your Own) - a task to be completed individually
to reinforce understandings gained in the lesson. This cycle is
designed to actively engage students in investigating problem
situations, constructing important mathematical concepts and methods,
and communicating their thinking and the results of their efforts.
Lessons also include MORE (Modeling-Organizing-Reflecting-Extending),
a collection of out-of-class activities. The final lesson of each
unit is called Looking Back. This lesson provides students with
the opportunity to synthesize the ideas of the unit. Each course,
or level, ends with a Capstone, a thematic, two-week, project-oriented
activity that enables students to apply the important modeling
concepts developed in the course.
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