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Comparing Lessons Activity

This in-class activity sample is very simple. The box below presents a pair of related Arizona K-12 content standards [high school mathematics] along with a corresponding AIMS assessment item. After examining this information, follow the steps presented in the “Behaviorist Approach” as well as the “Constructivist Approach” activity sections to access Web-based material designed to help support the learning of the selected mathematics standards. As you explore the different instructional approaches, record what you believe are the individual strengths and limitations of each lesson, using the “Strengths & Limitations of Observed Web-Based Instructional Contexts” chart to help you organize your thoughts. Base your observations and judgments on how well you think the instructional material could facilitate the learning of the specified standards. When you have completed this task, compare your responses to those of others in the workshop.


Arizona Standards:

PO 2. Solve applied problems using angle and side length relationships*

PO 3. Solve applied problems using the Pythagorean theorem*

*Note: These outcomes include the condition “Given a sheet listing required formulas…”


AIMS Assessment:

This sample was taken from the AIMS Mathematics Released Items (Core-Form A):

You will now examine two different instructional approaches that support the learning of the two math standards above. As you examine these different approaches, record their strengths and limitations relative to how well you think they could help learners acquire the math skills within a "typical" classroom setting (if there is such a thing) on the chart provided. You can download the chart here:

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Computer-Based Behaviorist Approach

Step One: Navigate to the following site:

Step Two: Fill out the form as indicated in the picture below and click the “Search” button:


Step Three: From the search return list of lessons, choose the following two “behaviorist-oriented” approaches to learning the skills indicated within the selected standard:

Pythagorean Puzzle

A Picture Proof of the Pythagorean Theorem

Computer-Based Constructivist Approach

Step One: Navigate to the following site:

Step Two: Select the menu item “Projects” from the “Mathematics” content area:

Step Three: Select “Mr. Pitonyak’s Pyramid Puzzle for the list of projects (it’s near the bottom).


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