5 Concerns for Inquiry-Based Instruction

For 14 years I have been reinventing my instructional wheel each summer to build student achievement.  I’ve used creative images and rhymes (anchors), interactive games (engagement), 3-Acts, Notice & Wonder, Front Loading, and constant review. However, I am not happy with just high scores on state exams. What I teach, too often, doesn’t stick in … More 5 Concerns for Inquiry-Based Instruction

“The Opportunity Myth:” yes and no

Who contributed to this post: Cris Saldaña https://onestepedu.wordpress.edu Aubrey Patterson https://www.nohea.info/blog  Lori Harvie  https://www.nohea.info/blog  Matt Foster https://mafost.blog/  A tweep I admire posted a link to attend a webinar about, “The Opportunity Myth,” a study that was recently released by TNTP.  The study examined 1,000 students and reported on their lack of preparation for going to … More “The Opportunity Myth:” yes and no

Building Competence in the Unfocused Student: It’s all in how we say it

In the past two years, I have been using an inquiry-based resource for a dozen different reasons, some of which include:  furthering retention in content, developing problem-solving skills that transfer beyond the classroom, developing social-emotional skills in a traumatized culture, teaching them to “reach” for information instead of waiting for me to force-feed them, and … More Building Competence in the Unfocused Student: It’s all in how we say it

New Math Textbook?

Will your school be in the market for a new textbook anytime soon?  Teacher buy-in is hugely important; so finding out what teachers like makes a lot of sense. And I don’t think it is very helpful to read old posts on this topic because resources are changing dramatically. There have been, and will continue … More New Math Textbook?

Inspiring Social-Emotional Growth in Collaborative Learning Teams

I had huge concerns shifting my classroom from mostly direct instruction to piloting an inquiry based algebra textbook; but after researching the pros and cons, I dove in and haven’t regretted the journey.  Mathematics curriculum is typically very dense, and I have been determined that any changes I make not detract from content mastery in … More Inspiring Social-Emotional Growth in Collaborative Learning Teams

Teacher Voice: when majority & seniority are not enough

Salaries and retirement benefits in educational settings are typically based on longevity and degrees completed. However, the personal benefits from that formula of compensation seem to work against professional growth.  I recently stumbled upon this Forbes article that made me wonder if teacher growth is often stymied by incentives that keep teachers in the same … More Teacher Voice: when majority & seniority are not enough