The Standards in Mathematics require evidence of reasoning to ensure conceptual understanding of the topics taught in each grade level. Type II tasks on the Performance Based Assessment call for written arguments/justifications, critiques of reasoning, and precision in mathematical statements. A thorough discussion of the specificity of the Standards will take place with support documents provided. Teaching reasoning in mathematics will require instructional changes in the classroom. Participants will experience a variety of instructional strategies for teaching reasoning through student-centered activities, along with effective questioning techniques. Task specific rubrics will be modeled and discussed. A work session will be provided for participants to create Type II items. Participants are encouraged to bring classroom resources to use during the work session. Templates for all activities and support documents will be provided.
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