What Is SMI ? LE
Helping students reach for deeper levels of ‘conceptual play’

Reflect on Strategies that engage and lead to deeper meaning

Share different teaching approaches to particular concepts (often leading to our own deeper understanding)

The Figures below are from Making Sense of Mathematics for Teaching High School
 Notice that I.2 and I.3 are intermediate steps in the algebra, graphically they all look very different but their solutions are identical. An interesting approach to visualizing how the rules of algebra prevail.

Address the‘Rules that Expire’ elephant

What does a proficient student in math look like?

Procedural skill vs.

Conceptual understanding


Focus is on BALANCING the how and why

TQE process

Timing is golden (call it spring training for teaching)

New strategies and deeper learning TAKES MORE TIME to facilitate and coach but…………………