Professional Learning

Math Discourse in Your Classroom

Having discussions with students is how most teaching is done. Classroom discourse in a mathematics classroom, for example, means having whole-class discussions around mathematics in such a way that students get to express their conceptual math understanding through reasoning, debate, and an exchange of ideas. Leading and engaging students in this form of instructional arrangement… Continue Reading

Teachers Making an Impact = Students Who Learn and Lead

Teachers help students acquire knowledge and become competent in all subject areas. After teachers have met the requirements for having and using a teaching credential, it seems one expectation is for them to be a “high-quality” teacher. How does a person become a “high-quality” teacher? Teacher quality has been consistently identified as the most important… Continue Reading

Moving Forward Takes Looking Back

Theologian, philosopher, poet, and social critic Soren Kierkegaard lived from 1813-1855. He philosophized how one should live as a “single individual,” giving priority to concrete human reality over abstract thinking and highlighting the importance of personal choice and commitment. Here are two quotes and some thoughts that were shared with me by Richard Thiessen, the… Continue Reading

Modeling Math Using the Olympics

From arithmetic to calculus, I see mathematics everywhere around Pyeongchang during the winter Olympic games. I’m also thinking about all of the math through the lens of CCSSM’s Mathematical Practice 4: Model with Mathematics. It says, “Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the… Continue Reading

Be SMART, Set Goals

Welcome to 2018! Have you written new professional goals for this year? If you are a teacher, I bet your goals may ultimately be linked to increasing student achievement. As an educator, my ultimate goal is for all students to achieve everything possible within their academic grasp. That means I need to reevaluate and revise… Continue Reading