This semester I taught an

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I encouraged the students to explain their mathematical reasoning. Through ED 360, I learned the importance of going beyond the typical asked questions to students during math. In class we discussed we need to ask questions that encourage the students to use their higher-level thinking. For example, the following questions will engage students in higher level thinking and mathematical reasoning: “Is there another way to get this answer?” and/or “Can you explain how you got your answer?”. This strategy is from the National Council of Teachers for Mathematics, “Teaching and Learning Principles from PtA”, which entails asking essential questions that are to be a catalyst for deeper levels of thinking (NCTM, 2014). This formative assessment helped me see if they conceptually understood the lesson through their responses and if I need to improve future instructions in the lesson. Through the implementation of these effective strategies I was able to achieve these strengths within my lesson thanks to knowledge gained in ED

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The benefit of using exit tickets was an important concept I learned in ED 360. I did not only better prepare myself for student teaching and edTPA but gained knowledge on another effective way to formatively assess students to ensure they were conceptually understanding the content being taught. My view on math has changed completed due to this course, when observing lessons now I identify if the lesson is conceptual or procedural based. Through my new awareness of research indicated practices for effectively teaching mathematics, I will continue my professional development by staying up to date on current research methods and apply them in my future classroom. Overall, after taking this course I feel more confident and prepared to student teacher next semester and for my future as a teacher of