July 2019 “I’M STILL LEARNING.” ~MICHELANGELO _____________________________________________________________________ How to Grow a Learning Mindset in your Team or Faculty: 10 Strategies for the Start of School Teacher mindsets are important! Here’s why: Teachers with learning mindsets continuously refine their craft. They support colleagues as learners, thus helping to build a school-wide learning culture. Teachers who choose
One of a math coach’s primary responsibilities is to help build teachers’ mathematics content knowledge. To be truly effective as a facilitator of students’ mathematics learning, a teacher must first see herself as a competent and confident mathematician. But what if she doesn’t? Many teachers possess fragile understanding of mathematics as a result of weak
Many of us were taught mathematics in elementary and secondary school as rote memorization of mechanical procedures, period. We sat quietly and watched as our teachers demonstrated a new procedure on the chalkboard, overhead projector, whiteboard, document camera, or smart board. Then we attempted to replicate this procedure with problems copied from the board onto
The story of your learning journey as a teacher is important. Teacher learning stories remind us that teaching is a craft which is developed, not an innate ability. Stories of our professional learning journeys serve as a source of inspiration for early-career teachers who still feel awkward in their instructional practice. When we share our
Mathematical discourse can be defined as the habits of exchanging mathematical ideas within a classroom. Discourse encompasses the ways in which a classroom community thinks about, talks about, and represents mathematics. A class’s discourse is shaped by the teacher’s facilitation of learning and class discussions, and the nature of the mathematical tasks provided to students.
“We’re developing young human beings. Math is the context.” Deborah Ball made this statement to a room full of educators on the first day of the Teaching Works Elementary Mathematics Laboratory. During this annual event, Dr. Ball teaches mathematics to a class of fifth-grade students as the educators sit silently in the back of the