HLTP: Prior Knowledge

Goal: Submit a manuscript to Wisconsin Teacher of Mathematics on the topic of high-leverage teaching practices (HLTP), specifically on connecting to students' prior knowledge.

Course structure

Each week a student will:

  1. Lead class discussion based on an article of their choosing.
  2. Another student will serve as "secretary" by:
    1. recording important aspects of the class discussion,
    2. choosing the article for the class to read next, and
    3. preparing to lead class discussion the following week.

As a class collectively complete manuscript.


Week 1

  1. Schedule time for class
  2. Introduce HLTP by reading Ball and Forzani, 2010 (in canvas Content)

Week 2

  1. Discuss Ball and Forzani, 2010 (in canvas Content)
  2. Brainstorming activity
  3. Specific topic for this semester & justification
  4. How to read research
  5. Make leader & secretary schedule
  6. HOMEWORK: Read Henningsen & Stein, 1997 (in canvas Content)

Weekly assignments

Date Leader Secretary Article
Feb 10 Chris Krystal Henningsen & Stein, 1997
Feb 17 Krystal Lindsey Tobias, 1994
Feb 24 Lindsey Leah Hailikari, Nevgi, & Komulainen, 2008
March 2 Julia Deana Buschang, Chung, & Kim, 2011
March 9 Deana Mitch Rittle-Johnson, Star, & Durkin, 2009
March 16 Mitch Julia Serafino & Cicchelli, 2003
March 30 Leah Chris Oortwijn, Boekaerts & Vedder, 2007
April 6 Mitch & Julia   Adding it up (2001)
Lindsey   CCSS & NCTM Standards (2000)
Deana   How people learn (2000)
Leah   How students learn: Mathematics in the classroom (2005)
Krystal   Research companion to Principles and Standards for School Mathematics(2003), e.g., Ball & Bass, Siegler

Manuscript template

  1. Overview regarding HLTP
  2. What? Briefly describe chosen HLTP
  3. Why? Research background and impact of HLTP on student achievement, justify as HLTP
  4. How? Practical recommendations for teacher implementation, both brainstorming and examples from research

Grading (tentative)

Class leader

Timing (at least 30 mins)

Successfully leads class discussion

Chooses a relevant article

25 pts


10 pts


Students will assign points to fellow classmates based on participation in class and contributions to the manuscript.

15 pts

Manuscript submission

Successfully completing the manuscript and submitting it.

50 pts

Grading scale with required points:

A (93), A- (90); B+ (87), B (83), B- (80); C+ (77), C (73), C- (70); D (60 pts)