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3 Reads Approach in Mathematics

As a mathematics coach one area where I was constantly tapped for support was problem solving. Problem solving is an area in which not only students struggle, but teachers have difficulty teaching. The complexity of problem solving requires engaging students to make sense of a problem before they set out to solve it.  What typically … Continue reading

Building on Life Experiences

The excitement of school vacation doesn’t end just because students have return to school.  From family trips to visiting relatives, students are filled with life experiences percolating in their mind. This excitement builds when they finally see their classmates and teacher with whom they want to share these experiences with. Have you thought about ways … Continue reading

The International Gap Unearthed

Finland has long been on the international radar as having the most well prepared teachers and with that high international student achievement. The question of “What are they doing in Finland?” has been on the radar for educators in the United States for over the past decade. But a recent article by the Atlantic “When … Continue reading

Scaffolding from 10,000 feet

A friend of mine went skydiving for the first time.  She never jumped before so her first jump was tandem.  This process allowed her to enjoy the experience of jumping without the stress of having to remember everything to do.  It can take 25 times of tandem jumping before a student can jump alone. Tandem … Continue reading

Creating Digital Products

Goodbye Frank Shaffer circa 1985 you have been in our community long enough and your worksheets don’t grow dendrites. Teachers if I can give you any advice please don’t waste instructional time with run-offs from your favorite fill-in-the-blank workbook. I’m telling you now it may keep your kids quiet for a moment but it won’t … Continue reading

Integrative Instructional Design

The pre-service teachers I work with often here me tout  “Instruction is not a one size fits all approach”.  This notion is based on Tomilson’s theory of differentiated instruction. Tomilson contends that teachers can and should provide multiple pathways to learning by differentiating three areas of instruction: content, process and product.  The idea of presenting … Continue reading

The Push for Authenticity

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is being touted as a panacea for the emergence of emotional and behavioral issues that are abundant in schools across the country.  This push to develop students’ awareness of themselves, their goals and emotions, as well as the feelings of others, often comes prepackaged in a curriculum box with a range of … Continue reading

Teachers Integrating Technology: First Graders at Sequoia Elementary School

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Six year-olds get excited about almost any activity. In a first grade classroom, energetic, enthusiastic boys and girls would say “whoopee!” over a math worksheet…

Unpacking Differentiation

Why do students need multiple perspectives and opportunities to express knowledge? Continue reading

The Algebra Problem

Did you know that research shows that students who complete a mathematics course beyond the level of Algebra II more than double the odds of pursuing and completing post-secondary education (Adelman, 1999). Many school districts now require completion of an Algebra I course prior to completion of 9th grade (Loveless, 2008). In California, however many … Continue reading

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