Author Archives: Deb Porcarelli

Professional Learning on Steroids

To sum up the 2017 NCTM annual conference in San Antonio, Texas takes only one word, AWESOME!!

As I’ve shared before, I look forward to conferences. They provide opportunities for me to be laser focused on education, a time to reconnect and collaborate, an opportunity to be current, a time to meet other like-minded educators, and a time to share. It is Professional Learning on steroids.

Here are the big ideas from NCTM 2017 that resonate with me as I reflect and digest all of the sessions I attended:

  • How does the learning culture look in your classroom? Is it innovative and collaborative?
  • Remember that all students have math ideas to share.
  • Cultivate a heart for mathematical learning.
  • Allow math to be play.
  • Foster numerical fluency.
  • Make mathematical conversations intentional.
  • Adopt a growth mindset around learning mathematics.
  • Unlock students’ potential, explore problems with depth and creativity, enjoy a multiplicity of ideas, and be a part of a learning culture that values productive struggle.
  • Problem solving opens opportunities for students to find multiple solutions.
  • Mathematical discourse in the classroom is a must.
  • Professional Learning, whether online or face-to-face revolves around the culture that is created.
  • Sustain interactions by having a vision of possibilities and organizing opportunities.

Unpacking those statements and exploring what’s behind them open up a plethora of rich possibilities for math educators everywhere. I am extending an invitation to you. Choose a statement from one of the bullet points above. Use it as a discussion starter in you next PLC gathering. Have an “Intentional PLC Talk”. Share with me how it goes.

NCSM Reflections

I’m in a Professional “happy place”. I am attending the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) conference in San Antonio, TX. Where do I start, and how do I ingest and digest all of the great sessions that I have attended? Being an attendee, I try to stay focused on what I have come… Continue Reading

It’s Conference Time!

Spring is here, and to me that means it is education conference season. Yea!! I’m in San Antonio, TX to attend both the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual conferences. It is an opportunity to connect with, learn from, and collaborate with colleagues from… Continue Reading

Thinking the NGSS Way

Are you making the transition to using Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as the guiding document in your science classroom? Making the transition to thinking the NGSS way may definitely be a change. The document asks educators to engage students in rigorous thinking enabling them to share arguable evidence while engaged in the science and… Continue Reading

A Heart for Professional Learning

Who do you rely on professionally? I could name a long list of people, places, journals, periodicals, podcasts, and websites, but most recently I listened to my colleague Chris Brownell’s recent podcast with Director of Special Education Studies at Fresno Pacific University, Megan Chaney. Megan is doing her doctoral research on teachers dispositions and she… Continue Reading

Learning from a Digital Native

Last week I wrote about a possible solution to bring a struggling Professional Learning Community/Network back on track again. I wrote about that because of my experiences with the AIMS Facilitators’ Professional Learning Network and how being a part of it allows me to be a better teacher and professional. At AIMS we are fortunate… Continue Reading

Science Happens

Contrary to what most teachers might say, I think it is easy to teach science every day in the classroom. Yes, it may be a subject that gets loud and sometimes messy in your classroom, but just the same as needing to learn to be a lifelong reader or mathematician, the same goes for science.… Continue Reading