The rumblings I am beginning to hear about artificial intelligence, like ChatGPT, sound reminiscent of those long-ago laments about calculators. This time, it is not just the math teachers who are raising an alarm: language arts teachers are joining the chorus.
Teachers are spies. Wouldn’t you agree? Teachers constantly gather intelligence to determine where students are in their learning process. They are searching for each student’s zone of proximal development (ZPD). The zone of proximal development is a concept in educational psychology that represents the space between what a learner is capable of doing unsupported and what the learner cannot do even with support.
Our middle school is piloting the newly released Inspiring Connections program at the 6th grade level. The authors have designed strategic Launches that promote discourse and raise the status of each class member. Each Launch is an activity that typically lasts between five to ten minutes at the beginning of the lesson.
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This professional learning is designed for teachers as they begin their implementation of CPM. This series contains multiple components and is grounded in multiple active experiences delivered over the first year. This learning experience will encourage teachers to adjust their instructional practices, expand their content knowledge, and challenge their beliefs about teaching and learning. Teachers and leaders will gain first-hand experience with CPM with emphasis on what they will be teaching. Throughout this series educators will experience the mathematics, consider instructional practices, and learn about the classroom environment necessary for a successful implementation of CPM curriculum resources.
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