2017-11-13 A Perfect Instructional Storm

There are challenges in your life as an educator that let you know you have really grown. Recently I had an opportunity to really challenge myself, learn, and grow. Let’s set the stage. Let’s start with 71 fifth graders eagerly awaiting me like a school of pirañas. Let me decide to teach this on aContinue reading “2017-11-13 A Perfect Instructional Storm”

2017-10-30 Fall Cue Review

Thursday was an incredibly long day, I arrived at work an hour early for some awesome co-planning and co-teaching of a lesson in 7th grade mathematics. After rocking the long day at work, I changed clothes at work before heading to another city to teach an induction class in content specific (mathematics) to secondary teachers.Continue reading “2017-10-30 Fall Cue Review”

2017-09-18 Published 1st Article

Near the end of July, I received a random email message from someone associated with Edutopia….I thought to myself that either this is one of my friends playing a practical joke on me or this email was sent to me by accident. The email asked if I would be willing to write an article onContinue reading “2017-09-18 Published 1st Article”

2017-09-11 Coding a Newsletter Template

A journey from last year that I really enjoyed doing was creating a monthly newsletter that indicated the successes we were having as a district mathematically speaking. While I enjoyed creating the newsletter, I was never happy with the design, and always thinking about how I could make it better. Well I went from usingContinue reading “2017-09-11 Coding a Newsletter Template”

2017-09-04 Numberless Word Problems

There are two things that I learned about toward the end of last school year that got me so excited I couldn’t wait to try them, Numberless Word Problems was one of them. One of my #eduheroes, Brian Bushart (@bstockus on Twitter), created this idea some time ago, and I was just learning about them.Continue reading “2017-09-04 Numberless Word Problems”

2017-05-21 – Day 11 – Life Affirming

From the high of seeing two students graduating from college on Friday to the devastating news to the loss of a friend on the same night this weekend highlights the extremes of life.  My students and I, the students were in the class of 2017. The family party celebrating my brother-in-law’s graduation from college as well.Continue reading “2017-05-21 – Day 11 – Life Affirming”

3 Things a 1st Grader Taught Me

Lessons: If you say you’re going to do something, you better do it. The power of observation from fresh perspectives. Curiosity and perseverance are important things for adults to model. Although she was passionate about learning in kindergarten, her desire for academic pursuits (especially in school) has greatly diminished during her first-grade year. Saddened, IContinue reading “3 Things a 1st Grader Taught Me”