Courses / How to Study Your Own Teaching

How to Study Your Own Teaching

A live session with David Wees on May 20th at 2 PM EST

295 Learners are taking this course

and 284 more learners...

Course Highlights

  • Teaching involves many complex decisions, how can we simplify it?
  • Instructional activities as containers within to study teaching
  • Develop language to talk clearly about teaching with your colleagues

About the Course

Language of Instruction: English

Course Description

Teaching is incredibly complex work. Teachers work in environments where they have to negotiate choices about what to say to whom, when, and in what way. Depending on how you define what a decision is, teachers make between 500 and 1500 decisions that impact student learning each day.

Decision making is clearly a critical aspect of any teaching. But how do we know which decisions we need to make and to learn how to make better decisions?

Do we ask this student or that student to talk next? Do we ask students to turn and talk or do we ask them to write down in response to a prompt? And what prompt should we use? When we look around the room at the student’s work, how do we decide which work matches our expectations and which does not? How might we sequence student ideas in a classroom discussion to help us meet a mathematical goal? What do we say to support student thinking? What do we not say? Which things said make a difference in student learning and which do not? These are just some of the kinds of questions that a teacher must ask themselves every day.

As such, it can be challenging to learn from the decisions we make as a teacher because there is an overwhelming number of them each day and so many different interactions between these decisions. Uncovering what works for students about our teaching is like solving a system of inequalities with hundreds of variables; further teachers have to do this all in real time with real students in front of them.

What if there was a way to reduce the number of decisions teachers had to make every day while still preserving their ability to make important decisions about how to support students? What if there was a way to do this and simultaneously support students in being able focus on the mathematical ideas rather than the teaching structures used to support illuminate them?

What if there was a way to support teams of mathematics teachers to be better able to talk about their practice and use the same language to describe it, regardless of what mathematical content they teach?

If we hold some parts of our teaching the same and look at the impact of our teaching on our students, then we can change other parts of our teaching to study the impact of small changes in our practice. This allows us to reduce the overall complexity of teaching. Over time we learn which small changes matter and these change accumulate to generate effective teaching practices. We develop discrete skills from examining our work in the context of an instructional practice so that we can use these same skills in other contexts.

Holding some parts of their instruction the same means that teachers have to make fewer decisions each day. Instead of trying to work out what direction to take next teachers are freed up to think about how to best do that activity and its interaction with the mathematical thinking of students.

In this webinar, I will share some of instructional activities created by some fantastic teachers at the Teacher Education By Design Project and we will see how we can use these instructional activities to support high quality ambitious instruction that aims to have all children successful in mathematics classrooms.

Who Should Attend:

  • K - 12 Mathematics Teachers
  • Mathematics Education Supervisors
  • Mathematics Coaches
  • Teacher-Educators
  • Principals

Date: May 20th

Time: 2 PM EST

About the Instructor

David Wees
NEW YORK, United States

David is currently a Formative Assessment and Instructional Specialist for New Visions for Public Schools in NYC. He has worked as a mathematics and science teacher in NYC, London, Bangkok, and Vancouver. David has 8 years experience with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Years Programmes. He is the co-author of a textbook designed for the International Baccalaureate program. He has his Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), Bachelor of Education (Secondary Mathematics), and Master of Educational Technology, all from the University of British Columbia.

He has been published in the Bangkok Post, Dialogue Online, Educational Technology Solutions, Leading and Learning, Software Developer’s Journal, and Edutopia. He has also been consulted for stories in the Globe and Mail, the CBC, the Vancouver Sun, and the Tyee. He has been a guest on CBC’s On the Coast and CKNW’s the Bill Good show. He has presented on Technology in Mathematics, Computer Based Math, Social Media, Change in Education, and other topics related to the use of technology in education. He blogs regularly at and can be found on Twitter at @davidwees.


Monaliza Dapitan

hope you can consider me in this seminar. Please include me in the video you are going to share. thanks in advance.

2225 days 16 hours ago

Nour Elsabah

i want to see and listen and also make dissision beause as i am engineer and writer and i am interising in this important subjects I want to share

2225 days 17 hours 28 minutes ago

Linda de Beer

Hmmm the webinar will take place at 1 AM local time here in Laos. Guess I will have to miss out on this. Hoping for a repeat at a more suitable time for me.

2228 days 13 hours 16 minutes ago

Kawther Alsaadi david...its very important topic and I interst in it in my way of teaching math .I teaching math for preparatory year in university of dammam in saudia arabia ..

2228 days 21 hours 19 minutes ago

Unique Rose

I live in Egypt i want to know what time it will be according to Cairo local time please

2230 days 10 hours 16 minutes ago

Brenda Fitzsimmons

Is the University of British Columbia on Vancouver Island, or is it on the continent?

2231 days 4 hours 25 minutes ago