Hi there! It’s been awhile. We’ve reached the point in the beginning of the school year where teachers have facilitated several Open Up Resources 6–8 Math lessons after hours of planning and creating and making adjustments… but something just hasn’t “clicked” with students, and pacing of lessons is showing the cards of the frustration and… Read More OUR Pep Talk: 2020 Edition
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” Alan Watts After several years of teaching at the elementary level, I took a leap to a new district where I began teaching middle school mathematics. Looking back, I cannot believe how much I… Read More Join the Dance!
After HIVE 2020, I am going to take on a new challenge and become the first Teacher Leader in Residence at Open Up Resources. Yes, that means I will be leaving my beloved classroom, but it also means the chance to elevate more teacher leaders to do the work alongside me. Learn more about my journey… Read More My Next Adventure!
I took a different approach for this third week of eLearning, and I think I’m liking it! To catch up on this journey and learn from my mistakes, read about Week 1 (link) and Week 2 (link), as well as my first blog in this series (link) published just before my school closed. Open Up… Read More Have you heard of HyperDocs? (Week 3 eLearning)
Last week was our second week of eLearning! During the first week (linked blog), I assigned my students the option of completing some assignments that were check-ins, which are linked on my previous blog post. Please remember that all assignments in my district are optional with a capital OPTIONAL! Over the second week working from home,… Read More Virtual Choice Board (Week 2 eLearning)
I’ve decided to start a weekly blog (Hold me to it!) of my experiences with school closures with the spread of Covid-19. I can look back on it, and maybe others out there can relate, or get some insight, or learn from my success and inevitable mistakes. This is new for all of us and… Read More The Three of Us (eLearning Week 1)
I teach at a school in Iowa. Preparing to teach virtually is not in clear view yet, but it’s sneaking up, in my peripherals, as I watch school closures slowly creep closer and closer to the Midwest. [UPDATE: As of 8:49PM last night, my district closed for 4 weeks per recommendation of Governor Reynolds. I’ll… Read More Preparing for the Unknown
I decided to take a risk today. And it wasn’t bad! or wild! or necessarily great! I’m so proud of my young mathematicians… and me! … Read More Multiplying Signed Numbers: Velocity and Hot Wheels
“Each cartoon was accompanied by an inspirational mathematician… and those mathematicians looked like the students sitting in my classroom, with pictures in vibrant colors and biographies that expanded on the three ideas listed above.”… Read More Good Mathematicians and Great Mathematicians
How are you inviting your students into the learning for each activity? each lesson? each unit? Read More My latest blog for @MTMS_at_NCTM illustrates how I invite my mathematicians to engage! It's inspired by a training from @IllustrateMath, where I was blown away by my learning in such a short time! Shoutouts to #mtbos #iteachmath… Read More NCTM Blog 4: Everyone’s Invited