Collaborative Inquiry Tool: A School-based Professional Development Supplement to Workshops
Collaborative Inquiry Tool is a web-based tool to help teachers improve their professional noticing of children’s mathematical thinking (Jacobs, Lamb, & Philipp, 2010).
Information is delivered via the web but is designed to facilitate face-to-face conversations among small groups of teachers at the same school.
The tool provides 1–2 problems for teachers to pose to their students prior to coming together and also structures the hour-long collaborative session:
- Teachers engage with an artifact—video or student written work—related to the problem(s) they tried with their students.
- Teachers engage with the 3 components of professional noticing with our artifact and then with their own student work:
1) Attending to the details in children’s strategies
2) Interpreting children’s understandings reflected in the strategies
3) Deciding how to respond on the basis of children’s understandings
- We provide some examples of how we “noticed” children’s mathematical thinking with the artifacts we selected.