2017-11-20 Performance Anxiety

Although we started this journey to improve our district’s abysmal SBAC scores, we were really searching for ways students could learn. This is an abridged version of our story to this date. I believe that we, the teachers, want what is best for kids and are trying our hardest to make that happen. Extra dutiesContinue reading “2017-11-20 Performance Anxiety”

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

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

2017-10-02 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”

2017-09-25 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”

2017-09-11 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”

2017-06-02 – Day 23 – Last Day

The combination of working on so many things, being pulled in so many directions meant the beginning of summer was especially important to pull back and refill. The last day of school with students, while I would miss our good times together, I have to admit, I was all like…. Especially considering we have anContinue reading “2017-06-02 – Day 23 – Last Day”

Mission Accomplished

As I publish this reflection, I fear that this moment may turn into something along the lines of another famous moment…. I am very honored to have met #IRL (in real life) the person that inspired this learning goal for me this school year: Having students produce a weekly learnings podcast for public consumption. JoeContinue reading “Mission Accomplished”

#makeschooldifferent Challenge: Accepted (as I understand it)

From the first time I watched the above piece by the amazing teacher, Taylor Mali, I find myself shaking my head, goosebumps rising, and, by the end, yelling, “Hell Yeah!” This evening, I was challenge by the amazing @mathprincessC to write a blog about #makeschooldifferent, to which I am responding here. I admit, this is aContinue reading “#makeschooldifferent Challenge: Accepted (as I understand it)”