Our Goal

"Understanding Multiplication of Exponents"
To create an instructional sequence (a.k.a. lesson plan) featuring:
- different models to present the concept
- select problems to facilitate student understanding
- explanations to bring about student understanding
- common student misconceptions
- ways to address misconceptions
- connections to real world experiences
- connections among mathematical ideas

Lesson Plan for Junior-High School Exponents

Lesson Plan for Junior-High School Exponents
A concept-map of multiplication of exponents

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Don't be surprised when students ask why learn exponents? When will they use exponents? and so on...
At the beginning of each unit topic, students should have a good overview of at least three things:
- Starting point: what they already know about the topic (assessing experiential knowledge) ... Where am I?
- Destination: how is the knowledge useful (applying new knowledge, connecting to real-life experiences) ... Where am I heading? 
- Journey: what will they be learning (exploring knowledge content, examples, archiving knowledge) ... How do I get there? 
This overview will help students to become aware of their learning goals, interests, and questions related to the topic. 
- The examples used (for teaching and explaining concepts) should be challenging, intellectually stimulating and interesting to students.
- Help students to become familiar with applications of knowledge in contexts outside of mathematics.  

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