- How to Teach in a Group Centered Classroom
- Elementary Math Instruction "Look-For's"
- Task - Picnic Lunch for 3rd Grade
- Task - New Fish Tank for 3rd Grade
- Task - How Much Does it All Cost for 5th Grade
- Formative Activity - Going to the Movies for 5th Grade
- Grade 1 Assessment - Adding and Subtracting Multiples of 10
- Grade 3 Assessment - Place Value and Addition and Subtraction
- Grade 3 Performance Task - Arcade Tickets
- Grade 5 Assessment - Multiplying Whole Numbers and Decimals
- Grade 5 Assessment - Multiplying and Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers
- Task - Who is Correct for 1st Grade
- Task - IPod Usage for 3rd Grade
- Grade 1 Assessment - Working with Equality
- Unfinished Task - Shriners Donation from the Packers - Grade Unknown
- Book - What's Math Got to Do With It by Jo Boaler
- Book - Accessible Mathematics by Steve Leinwand
- Book - Principles to Actions by NCTM
This is a whole lot of stuff. However I want the future teachers to understand thinking at different grade levels. The key to the whole conversation is not the tasks but the thinking the tasks promote and how a teacher promotes it. Something that cannot be explained by a sheet of paper. This year I have been lucky enough to be able to be in more classrooms than ever. It just makes it more obvious that as teachers, we think a whole lot more than our students. At first read that sounds like a "duh" statement but the reality is it needs to be the other way around. In fact, we don't even let them get to the thinking because we "save" them from failure.
We, as professionals need to realize that the sage on the stage can no longer be a viable instructional method at any level. We need to realize that the more math (please don't confuse this word with calculation - instead read it as pattern finding) students are doing in the classroom the more math they will learn.
My hope with these conversations is the new instructional force coming into the field understands the expectations and can hit the ground running. The reality is this will take some time. If you are a prospective teacher just reading this blog for the first time, check out some of the links on the right. They are resources from great teachers. More than anything, be creative and try something new. If you have talked for 10 minutes or more while teaching a classroom...you have talked for too long.
For the experienced teachers reading this blog, post a comment that you feel new teachers could benefit from.