Building Thinking Classrooms for Mathematics: For K-12 Teachers

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3 Units
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Course Description

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This course is designed to allow teachers and staff the opportunity to study in depth the Mathematical Teaching Practices (MTP) that inform instruction. The course supports all math teachers in implementing and sustaining the MTP Framework to strengthen standards based instruction and promote student growth through activities that strengthen modeling and reasoning skills. Educators will use research based practices to create the optimal conditions for learner centered, student-owned deep mathematical thinking and learning, and have the power to transform mathematics classrooms (Liljedahl, 2021).

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 - 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for K-12 educators of mathematics.

Course Materials: Text, Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics Grades K-12 by Peter Liljedahl available at or your local bookstore

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDC-X752V – 006 19 Aug 202420 Dec 2024 3 $237

Building Thinking Classrooms

19 Aug 202420 Dec 2024
Credit Validation

Instructors: Sarah Branam, Pacific West Education Research Analyst (Instructor for grades), Denise Hudson, Pacific West Professional Learning ISS, Shannon White, Pacific South 6-12 Mathematics ISS Isaac Brown, Pacific East 6-12 Mathematics ISS

Refund Policy: All Credit Validation enrollments are refundable, less a $25 fee, if requested within 30 days of enrollment date. There will be no refunds for Credit Validation after the allotted 30 days.

Enrollment Open Through: September 3rd, 2024 (11:59pm PT)

What You Will Learn

  • Learn about 14 specific teaching practices described in the book to enhance mathematics learning
  • Plan and implement teaching practices discussed, reflect on their effectiveness on student engagement and learning of mathematics, and get feedback from course members to improve instructional practices
  • Create a classroom environment conducive to the Building Thinking Classrooms structure to enhance student discourse, reasoning, and problem solving
  • Strategically select tasks that align with lesson goals and course outcomes
  • Apply learning to their focused collaboration sessions to share successful strategies and activities


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The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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