Interview Grid: Growth Mindset in the Math Classroom

I am always thinking about new ways my students can develop a growth mindset in the mathematics classroom.  A safe learning community is by far, a non-negotiable in my classroom.  Students are not put on the spot or randomly called on.  Solutions, given by willing participants, are dealt with carefully and respectfully, without me calling … More Interview Grid: Growth Mindset in the Math Classroom

5 Ways Becoming a Mom Made Me a Better Teacher

Reduction of Homework Before becoming a mom, I had an assumption that a teacher who gave more homework was a better, more demanding teacher.  I can remember a parent and student stopping by my classroom after school, to confront my practice.  I defended it saying it was only going to prepare them for higher level … More 5 Ways Becoming a Mom Made Me a Better Teacher

Student to Student Critique: Math Practice #4

One of my goals this year, is to have students reflect on their ability to use the math practices efficiently in order to make sense of the mathematics.   As I thought about the most beneficial strategies of engaging in reflection, I realized that before students engaged in reflection, they needed to be comfortable analyzing … More Student to Student Critique: Math Practice #4

Introducing Ratios: Perfect Purple A Second Take

Last year I had the amazing opportunity of being a filming teacher in a partnership with the Digital Library and Illustrative Mathematics .  Through this process, I was filmed by The Teaching Channel, and they produced this video of introducing ratios. Today was take 2 of Perfect Purple Paint (the 6th grade entry version).  I wanted … More Introducing Ratios: Perfect Purple A Second Take

Making Sense of Failure

Today’s daily objective, in my math classroom, was to understand how struggle makes our brains grow  (we completed Day 5 of the Week of Inspirational Math).  My students and I had a series of conversations on failure and each of them spoke to failures they had endured, that eventually resulted in successful moments after substantial … More Making Sense of Failure