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”

2017-11-06 Three Huge Tasks and a Lesson

The culmination of this past week has seen three huge events come to pass and a wonderful lesson series. Event 1. The Central California Youth Summit. Event 2. CVCue STEAM Learning Experience Event 3. My 2nd Marathon of the Year (PR again) And the lesson. Using personal experience with Numberless Word Problems, diamond paper, andContinue reading “2017-11-06 Three Huge Tasks and a Lesson”

2017-10-23 3 Lessons to Creating Student Authors of Mathematics

A series of three lessons that sparks curiosity, inspires learning, and promotes literacy.

2017-09-25 Visual Multiplication of Fractions with Reducing

Recently, I was on a Sunday run when I received a compelling question I couldn’t wait to dive into. The question asked how would I teach the multiplication of fractions with reducing. The teacher provided some background information to frame the situation. The students had been instructed on how multiply fractions and reduce. When theContinue reading “2017-09-25 Visual Multiplication of Fractions with Reducing”

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”

2017-05-18 – Day 8 – Rich Task Routines & Fraction Splats

One of the charges my district has taken on requires that we work toward improving math instruction at the 5th-grade level – this grade level has been identified as a severe turning point in the performance and mindset of learners toward mathematics. We are working on ways that will improve instruction and learning experiences so studentsContinue reading “2017-05-18 – Day 8 – Rich Task Routines & Fraction Splats”

2017-05-17 – Day 7 – Clothesline Math & Goodbyes

Yesterday we spent time making sense of the ideas of Clotheslines Math, and we were able to get a few quick reps in. Today, we dove straight in, students were broken up into groups of four, each person was assigned a job, and the students were tasked with placing the trig functions in their appropriateContinue reading “2017-05-17 – Day 7 – Clothesline Math & Goodbyes”