How to Use This Site
The VIM project is designed to allow you to lead your own learning and identify modules (and groups of modules) that are most relevant to you.
You can use three types of filters to control your searches:
Task Type: Pattern Task Cluster and Similarity Task Cluster filters will allow you to identify which task is used in each module and which sets of modules use the same or related mathematics tasks.
Mathematics Topics: These filters will allow you to identify modules that deal with specific mathematics topics. For example, filtering for “recursive versus explicit expressions” will generate a list of 4 modules that you might use to focus on that topic.
Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices: These filters will allow you to sort modules according to which modules highlight each of the effective mathematics teaching practices identified in NCTM’s Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (2014).
Use these filters to find modules of the most use to you and create your own “playlists.” Here are some examples that we’ve put together:
Playlist A: Filtered by Task Cluster
The Pool Border task is part of our district’s syllabus for 8th grade math, and I’ve used it with my students many times. Since I was working with some new teachers this year, I was interested in having some examples of its use in other classes to share with them. Using the Task Cluster filter, I chose these 4 modules, starting with Discussing 5 x 5 since it focuses on how that task is launched with students. I followed with the next two because they show two groups of students sharing their work and making connections across representations. Finally, the Lulu’s Group module provided yet another way that students look at the mathematics and use symbols to represent their thinking.
Framing a Pattern Task
Translating Mathematical Strategies into Symbols
Connecting Mathematical Structure Across Representations
Using and Connecting Mathematical Representations
Playlist B: Filtered by Mathematics Topic
Because I’m interested in spending more time considering the connections between algebra and geometry, I decided to use the Similarity/Linearity filter to find a couple of modules to explore.
Examining Linear vs. Quadratic Growth
Connecting Triangle Similarity, Transformations, and the Slope of a Line
Playlist C: Filtered by Effective Mathematics Teaching Practice
My colleague and I decided to use the “Facilitate meaningful mathematical discourse” filter as our first foray into the Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices, and, of the 10 modules that the filter presented, we were pleased with the three we selected. We liked that they represent different grade levels and delve into a variety of topics related to discourse. We look forward to exploring this filter more and, perhaps, combining it with a filter from Mathematics Topics to see what other combinations of modules we might explore.