Teaching contests

Yeping Li and Jun Li have written an interesting article called Mathematics classroom instruction excellence through the platform of teaching contests. The article was published online in ZDM on Tuesday. Here is a copy of their abstract:

In this study, we aimed to examine features of mathematics classroom instruction excellence identified and valued through teaching contests in the Chinese mainland. By taking a case study approach, we focused on a prize-winning lesson as an exemplary lesson that was awarded the top prize in teaching contests at both the district and the city level. The analyses of the exemplary lesson itself revealed important features on the lesson’s content treatment, students’ engagement, and the use of multiple methods to facilitate students’ learning. These features are consistent with what the contest evaluation committees valued and what seven other mathematics expert teachers focused in their comments. The Chinese teaching culture in identifying and promoting classroom instruction excellence is then discussed in a broader context.