Week 9 – Advance ID Project Scope

Write a reflection about the advanced instructional design model that your group chose for the project. Why did you choose it? How do you think you will approach it? How did you divide up the work among members of the group? What will be your timeline for completion?

Our group chose to create an advanced ID classroom delivered course that  focused on using robots to help teach eight graders one of the basic and important concepts of multiplicative thinking. One of the most difficult topics for middle school students to master is fractions, ratios and proportions.  Yet, mastery of this topic in middle school is essential to success in high school math, and some research indicates it is a general predictor of high school success. Robotics is an approach that engages students in math and science learning and integrates learning across disciplines.  Building on work to date, this instructional design project will use relatively inexpensive educational robots appropriate for middle school students to teach concepts in fractions, ratios and proportions.

Our approach is as follows.

The overall topic is fractions, ratios and proportions.  More specifically, these lesson plans are intended to provide real-world context to help students make the additive/multiplicative transition, which focuses on understanding ratios between measurements and applying proportional thinking to solve problems.  The three lesson plan topics are ordered and intended to build on each other to help students make the transition desired.  The topics assume students have basic familiarity with fractions and related operations.  Each lesson plan will cover a specific topic to move students towards a multiplicative thinking mindset.

Lesson 1:  Engage students; introduce big idea of ratios; have fun with ratios.
Lesson 2:  Apply ratios and proportional thinking in a simple, meaningful case.  Use directed inquiry to guide students to additive and multiplicative approaches.
Lesson 3:  Apply ratios and proportional thinking in a more complex scenario; move students who are developmentally ready to a multiplicative thinking mindset.

Each of us will be responsible for creating a lesson.  The framework is Guided Inquiry. The lesson plans will be based on constructivist theory and teachers will be guided in proper approaches for delivery through the lesson plans.  The overall project will include a design document, three comprehensive lesson plans and a research paper.  The timeframe for accomplishing this task is very short and will require a number of private group sessions in order to meet the end of class schedule.


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