With the implementation of the Common Core Standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practice, I hear teachers saying they are needing help building their own content knowledge as the content standards shift down to lower grades. I also hear middle and high school teachers asking how they begin to change how they teach and students learn with the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
How might you answer the content question or the pedagogy question for these teachers?
As far as content - I highly recommend the wonderful lessons within the Illuminations site here in the Thinkfinity Community. Here you can find teacher help along with the lesson, how to set up the lesson, manipulatives needed, handouts are provided, and interactives are connected. The teacher is even provided good questions to ask the students along the way.
What might others offer to help teachers build their content knowledge?
As far as pedagogy - building an understanding of the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice is the first step, watching videos of teachers in action seems to be a good start. One of my favorite is the Dan Meyer video. Dan teaches high school math and has a wonderful way to help teachers think about changing their lessons to be more inquiry based and allowing students to build their knowledge. Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover | Video on TED.com
Are there other helpful ideas that could help with the pedagogical shift to inquiry based learning?