In my role as a Research Associate here at the AIMS Center, I have been asked many times how I would have changed my instruction in the classroom if I knew then what I know now. This is a question that I have asked myself as well. After teaching for over 11 years I know there are a lot of things I would have done differently. That is why I am so excited to have an opportunity to do exactly that. Starting in the fall, I will be going back to a kindergarten classroom to teach math every day. I will be able to put my new knowledge on how students construct number to use, and I look forward to learning and growing as a mathematics teacher with this new lens on student-adaptive pedagogy.
I will be writing my next several blogs about prepping for the classroom, as well as my experiences with the kindergarten students. I will also talk about my adventures and challenges in returning to a classroom environment and bring you along on the journey. I know that the everyday demands of running a classroom can be hard to balance with the learning needs of the children, but I look forward to using what I have learned at the Center to do just that. In addition to teaching, I will also get to be part of teacher planning, Professional Learning Communities, and any staff development for math instruction. I will use this time in and out of the classroom as an opportunity to continue to learn and grow professionally.
So I hope you will follow my new adventure and learn alongside me. I know that this new experience will be something that eventually all of us can learn from to make math time even more meaningful for our students.