Monday, August 20, 2012

Deborah Ball and the Grand Rapids Elementary Mathematics Laboratory are featured on MLive.com

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An article posted on MLive.com on August 17, 2012, covers the week-long Grand Rapids Elementary Mathematics Laboratory. Deborah Loewenberg Ball lead this annual endeavor that helped struggling fifth-grade students with their mathematics skills and knowledge.

“Our goal is to really turn them around, give them a lot of skills they may be lacking but actually do it by challenging them a lot, giving them much harder work,” said Ball, who said kids got about 11 hours of instruction – twice as much as a typical week of school. “It was very intense.
 
"They have to explain their thinking because if you can't explain it, you probably don't know it well enough."

The program simultaneously provided professional development to teachers, who attended to develop their teaching skills would attend daily pre-class discussions about the lesson plans before observing the implementation of the plan. Later, they would meet with Ball to debrief the lesson and consider issues that arose.

Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Chair, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and dean of the School of Education.

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