4 Unintended Consequences of Assessing Daily Learning

Lately I have been encountering a common question: How do you know what your students understand at the end of every lesson? I suppose I understand this sense of urgency to a point.  We live in a culture of instant gratification.  You can, at any moment, change your hair color, have plastic surgery, win the … More 4 Unintended Consequences of Assessing Daily Learning

You don’t have to be bad to be better

Sitting on the bus traveling to the airport as my first experience at Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) came to a conclusion, I was struck by the words of a fellow attendee Jessica Willie, Dean of Instruction from Houston, TX. (@jrwillie2783)  As Jessica and I were engaging in in-depth conversation around the … More You don’t have to be bad to be better

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