Lesson Imaging in Math and Science

  • Title:Lesson Imaging in Math and Science: Anticipating Student Ideas and Questions for Deeper STEM Learning
  • Author:Michelle Stephan, David Pugalee, Julie Cline, and Chris Cline
  • Publication Date:October 2016
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781416622789
  • Publisher:ASCD

From respected voices in STEM education comes an innovative lesson planning approach to help turn students into problem solvers: lesson imaging. In this approach, teachers anticipate how chosen activities will unfold in real time—what solutions, questions, and misconceptions students might have and how teachers can promote deeper reasoning. When lesson imaging occurs before instruction, students achieve lesson objectives more naturally and powerfully.

A successful STEM unit attends to activities, questions, technology, and passions. It also entails a careful detailed image of how each activity will play out in the classroom. Lesson Imaging in Math and Science presents teachers with:

  • A process of thinking through the structure and implementation of a lesson
  • A pathway to discovering ways to elicit student thinking and foster collaboration
  • An opportunity to become adept at techniques to avoid shutting down the discussion—either by prematurely giving or acknowledging the "right" answer or by casting aside a "wrong" answer

Packed with classroom examples, lesson imaging templates, and tips on how to start the process, this book is sure to help teachers anticipate students' ideas and questions and stimulate deeper learning in science, math, engineering, and technology.


Author Bio

David Pugalee, PhD, is a professor of education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he serves as director of the Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education. He earned his PhD in mathematics education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has also taught at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. With more than a decade of experience teaching mathematics and science, he has published research articles in American Educational Research Journal, Educational Studies in Mathematics, and School Science and Mathematics. His works include several books and book chapters published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In addition, Pugalee has published two books on communication and mathematical and scientific literacy: Writing to Develop Mathematical Understanding and Effective Content Reading Strategies to Develop Mathematical and Scientific Literacy. His research interest is the relationship between language and mathematics teaching and learning.

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