As I am realizing that I need to change things in my classroom to see the changes in my students, it can be overwhelming with all of the possibilities of things to do. With over 25 years experience in education as a teacher, coach, and mentor, I realize that it never hurts to ask for another perspective. Another person’s thoughts help clarify what I am thinking and help me decided if what I am thinking is a good approach, needs to revised, or should be put on the back burner. That person can also offer a different perspective that I … Continue reading What Do You Do First?
After mentoring & coaching for nearly 20 years, I have found myself back in the classroom teaching high school math. While it wasn’t what I had planned, I am thankful to be back with students, trying many of the things that I had learned. However, I am finding that I am resorting back to familiar ways of being in the classroom. And I have found myself back at the high school that I attended teaching geometry and statistics. This weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the Effective Instruction Conference sponsored by the Alaska Staff Development Network. This virtual conference … Continue reading Teaching High School in a Covid World
How are these pictures the same? How are these pictures different? This routine of same or different allows students to compare two things, looking for how they are similar and how they are different. Students start by thinking and studying this picture – noticing and wondering how these images are the same and how they are different. Then students share, verbalizing what the see being the same and different. Students learn how to share and talk about math in a way that is fun and engaging. They also see how different students see the world by listening to what they … Continue reading Same or Different – Day 7
Welcome to ways to support mathematical thinking during these uncertain times. I believe that one of the most important things that we can do is to encourage mathematical thinking. During this time at home, there are a lot of different ways to do that. I am hoping to share a few of them & hoping that you will share what you are seeing and learning. From these experiences, my hope is that you may change how you view math from a set of rules to a way of thinking. As a coach, I am finding that my work is changing. … Continue reading Supporting Mathematical Thinking
In our district, we have been pushing Number Talks as a strategy to get students (and teachers) thinking mathematically. The beauty of Number Talks is that the focus is on how the student is thinking, not on the answer. Being a math mentor teacher for special education teachers, this is one strategy that I can model fairly quickly for teachers. Here is what I have noticed doing them: No matter what, I cannot predict all of the strategies. I have tried to plan by predicting their strategies how I am going to record their thinking – especially trying to bring … Continue reading What I Noticed doing Number Talks