Pedagogy

Filling the Gaps

Filling the Gaps

Recently, as I worked with some struggling math students, we spent a fair amount of time addressing gaps in prior learning. They were open to our classroom activities, so so it was interesting to challenge their thinking and observe their growth. For example, it was clear most of their previous discussions of relations and functions had focused on tables to the exclusion of… Read more →

The MS Geometry Strand

The MS Geometry Strand

Graham Fletcher (@gfletchy) creates a great series of short videos showing the development of early math skills throughout the elementary grades. These Progression Videos not only show the importance of each part of the instructional sequence, but they also help you reflect on math pedagogy and how the brain makes connections and develops fluency. I felt it would be useful… Read more →

Growth Mindset and High Expectations for All

Growth Mindset and High Expectations for All

In most job interviews, I believe the interviewers have the one question. They will ask lots of things, look at resumes and transcripts, but there is one question that he or she really cares about, that makes the difference in his or her final decision. The question may be different for each person on an interview panel, but I believe it’s there. When I… Read more →

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 →