My Colleague, Mike – a FLICC/AIMS Workshop

The second year of the FLICC/AIMS partnership, designed to bring mathematics professional learning (PL) to rural Florida educators, has begun. I, Deb Porcarelli, have the distinct pleasure of working directly with AIMS Facilitator Mike Fassl in the K-2 strand this year, preparing together but each of us taking responsibility for two of the four sites.… Continue Reading

Episode 6 | Parameters of Effective Lessons that Encourage Class Discussion

In the studio with Mike Fenton, an Activity Constructor for the Desmos graphing calculator company. We talk about the Desmos Guidelines for Activity Development, and how they reflect a solid commitment to student centered learning, and developing lessons that require and encourage discussion in the classroom. A little discussion into what he refers to as… Continue Reading

Show Your Thinking

Recently I was speaking with a parent who was expressing frustration with their child’s work habits in their math class. It was a conversation I have experienced many times throughout my 20 years of teaching. It’s about that child who says they can do the math in their head and they do not need to… Continue Reading

It all Begins at Zero

If you closed your eyes for just a moment, what childhood memory would come to mind? It might be tied to a person or maybe to an event. Researchers describe a memory as our brain’s ability to reconstruct a whole from fragments. Memories are much more powerful than we realize. Researchers studying the brain are… Continue Reading

The Why Before the How

I have a deep passion for mathematics education. More specifically, elementary math education is where I have spent most of my career. I began my career as an elementary teacher for ten years, and am now a mathematics coach and consultant with the Fresno County Office of Education (FCOE). In addition this year, I am… Continue Reading

Workshops at SER-Ninos Charter School, Houston, TX

I have the pleasure of working with workshop facilitators who live in different cities throughout the United States.  Care Butler, who has facilitated countless workshops for AIMS, resides in Arkansas. She works hard to design teacher days that will empower educators to be more effective in their classrooms and ultimately have positive effects on student… Continue Reading

What’s Wrong Here?

Another late night reading… Another night of pulling away from my family to try to make sense of new information, in order to make my lessons meaningful and productive for my students. I love teaching and had been teaching for 12 years before coming to the AIMS Center. I had taught Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and… Continue Reading