Abstract by Janessa Cloward
Curriculum and Learning Trajectory
State standards are made available to all teachers, yet each individual classroom appears quite different. Teachers make decisions while preparing lessons according to these standards in unique ways. As such, the student's understanding and knowledge may vary among students. Students' understanding and knowledge are influenced by many factors related to teachers' decisions including how teachers choose to build on students' skills and prior knowledge. These decisions also influence students' connections to mathematics topics in their future classes. Learning trajectories are an important aspect for educators to consider while preparing their lessons. In my research, I plan to study the following research question: In what ways do teachers utilize learning trajectories (within a unit and/or connecting units throughout the school year) when making curricular decisions?