Math Talks, Logical Reasoning, and Argument Activities in Math — A Professional Development Workshop on Saturday, February 27th
Argument-Centered Education is conducting a professional development workshop on Saturday, February 27th, 9am – 12pm, at Whitney Young H.S. (211 S. Laflin Ave.), on the use of an argument-centered approach to the teaching of mathematics in middle and high school. More specifically, the workshop will examine the new methodology of Math Talks and Number Talks, and explore the ways that argument-centered instruction can help make sure that implementation of these teaching formats, in addition to deductive reasoning and other argumentional activities, can enrich mathematics teaching and make math classrooms more college-leveled.
Argumentation has a prominent place in the Common Core, and is pulled out specifically in Math Practice #3 (“Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others”). More broadly, leaders in mathematics instruction are pursuing the ways that math and argumentation theory converge in order to deepen students’ mathematical thinking and fuller comprehension of math processes and practices.
Registration for the 2/27 is easy: simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This workshop is being sponsored by Chicago Public Schools’ Office of College and Career Success.
Argument-Centered Education has a new poster out for classrooms, offices, hallways, everywhere 6th – 12th grade education happens. Called ‘The Language of Argument,’ it is a convenient reference source for short, direct definitions of the key terms used in academic argument, critical thinking, and classroom debating.
You can order your copies on the Argument-Centered Education Products page, or by contacting us directly — email@example.com or 312-848-2271.
Daniel Hale Williams Prep School of Medicine is the latest school to forge a substantial partnership (sealed in November) with Argument-Centered Education in school year 2016. In the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago’s south side, Williams Prep’s slogan is that it is “The Pipeline for the College Bound,” and its commitment to incorporating academic argument throughout its curriculum and instruction demonstrates that this far more than simply a label.
“We are committed at Williams to preparing our students for access not only to college, but to selective institutions,” according to Principal Jullanar Naselli. “Bringing on Argument-Centered Education to help us infuse academic argument across disciplines is helping us walk the talk. We’re excited by this partnership and what it’s bringing to our culture and classrooms.”
‘The Five Steps to Argumentalizing Instruction’ has been posterized and is now available for hanging in classrooms, school hallways, education offices, teachers’ workrooms, and wherever good pedagogy is valued and on display.
The poster distills our approach to argumentalizing curriculum and teaching implementation, across disciplines, into five basic moves, beginning with determining the debatable issue or problem and ending with applying argument-based assessment criteria consistently.
Leadership in Argument-Centered Education has worked with teachers and administrators on argumentalizing classroom instruction to raise rigor and college-directedness in a swath of states and localities, with Chicago being clearly the largest site. This school year, though, ACE has entered into its first contracted partnerships with schools in the largest school system in the nation.