2017-10-16 What a Week

Returning from Northern California this past weekend, I was thinking about all the challenges that we had to accomplish this week with a mixture of dread and excitement. Monday The week began with the implementation of my newest game created around the 4.MD.3 standard. The game also involves six other standards interlaced within the cluesContinue reading “2017-10-16 What a Week”

2017-10-02 Improvement Science & Mathematics

The past two weeks have been an intense dive into the work we started over a year ago, and the feeling that we’re finally digging into something will set in. We will find a process by which we can triple the scores on the state standardized testing in mathematics at the fifth-grade level. If weContinue reading “2017-10-02 Improvement Science & Mathematics”

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”

2017-08-28 PDs

This week was the week of Professional Developments (PDs) with my creation and delivery of Interactive Math That’s Meaningful (Horrible Title, I know) and 3 Powerful Math Routines. Each one has some amazing pieces to it that I am very proud of, and both have some areas I do not feel meet my goals. TimeContinue reading “2017-08-28 PDs”

2017-08-10 Breakout EDU Middle School Math

With the sounds of a sharp, repeating, and blaring noise the herds of young bodies began their almost zombie like motions to their assigned classrooms. Those who were new to the school, looked anxious, schedules out and a mixture of puzzled and nervous expressions. The contrast of the mindless shuffle to class to the anxious,Continue reading “2017-08-10 Breakout EDU Middle School Math”

2017-05-19 – Day 9 – Announcing Summer Book Study for #TWOTCW and #Mathconceptions & CVNiC Work

With the school year winding down, let’s  begin refilling ourselves, building our personal learning network, and improving our practice. Steve Wyborney‘s The Writing On The Classroom Walls #TWOTCW is a powerful teaching tool and bucket filler we will use in our first #Mathconceptions Book Study of the summer. Shane Ferguson (@MrFergusonMJHS) and I are super excitedContinue reading “2017-05-19 – Day 9 – Announcing Summer Book Study for #TWOTCW and #Mathconceptions & CVNiC Work”

2017-05-14 – Day 4 – Summer Learning

I have been wondering what my learning journey would look like over the summer, and I found my answer today thanks to my amazing #PLN. Starting with Margie’s (@pearse_margie) posting of great summer reads, I first thought about all the books I read without really learning from over the summer. My second thought was aContinue reading “2017-05-14 – Day 4 – Summer Learning”

2017-05-11 – Day 1 – Today It Begins

So I’ve been hesitating on starting this blogging thing again, but thanks to my amazing PLN and  #ElemMathChat I’m ending the 2016-17 school year with an entry a day. So here’s my new learning from #CUEBOLD, when the amazing Ann Kozma (@annkozma723) took the time to show me SnapChat, which she did an amazing job recording theContinue reading “2017-05-11 – Day 1 – Today It Begins”