Engagement

The Performance of Math

The Performance of Math

I’ve posted about the demonstration of the volumes of matching cones and cylinders in the past.  Today, part of my workday was spent looking for “digital resources” related to this relationship. I found some great stuff, and I found some of the horrible pieces I came across in the past. So here’s the deal. We expect middle school students to… Read more →

Teacher Bullies

Teacher Bullies

A recent conversation at work centered around the power of teachers.  We all know how much influence educators have on developing minds.  We all carry vivid memories of our most loved and most despised teachers.  Here’s an amusing example of this influence.  Think about your online passwords.  Think about the security questions you use to recover them.  The questions are… Read more →

Differentiated Instruction Presentation

Differentiated Instruction Presentation

Here is a Differentiated Instruction strategy my PLC is sharing with the campus as part of our staff development day this week.  Each PLC on campus is putting together some sort of static display describing how DI has impacted their classroom this year.  We will than have time to visit the displays and learn from our peers. The 8th-Grade Math PLC… Read more →

Reflections on a tough week

Reflections on a tough week

So I’ve been visiting with a colleague over some common challenges, and I’ve been impressed by what a deep thinker he is.  Even when he’s talking about students’ behaviors, he’s really talking about the big picture and what that student behavior represents. During one of these conversations I complimented him on a really engaging lesson and he responded with a… Read more →