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

Unintended consequences in best practices: what we did TO our students when they didn’t get it

What educator has not been challenged by the question, “What will you do when your students don’t get it?”  In response to No Child Left Behind and high stakes testing, teachers have become masters at drilling concepts into students in engaging ways:  Kagan, Kahoot, Jeopardy, stations…  Teachers Pay Teachers is wildly popular, not to mention … More Unintended consequences in best practices: what we did TO our students when they didn’t get it

When students won’t ask questions

This photo from Lovemeow hangs prominently in my room as a visual aid to inspire transparency in learning.  I hold family meetings before school begins to explain the importance of learning math in today’s economy.  Often parents quietly mention to me that their student won’t ask questions.  Some parents are concerned and looking for answers; others are tipping … More When students won’t ask questions