On the twelfth day of back to school, my principal gave to me, twelve students learning with a mixed-up set of TEs.
As educators, our ultimate goal is always student learning. Thank you so much for checking out ” The 12 Days of Back to School.” I am certain that you’ll be able to put many of the tips, strategies, and techniques into practice during this school year. Let’s keep learning together! I’ve structured this site with many opportunities to learn throughout the school year. Here’s how:
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Your favorite weekly features will be back for the first full week of September and each week through May. Here’s what you can look forward to.
Great teachers, like you, are always looking for ways to improve their instruction and the success of their students. They attend summer professional development opportunities, they scour the web for new resources, and they regularly read teacher blogs searching for new ideas, strategies, and techniques. Transformation Tuesday was created for you! This weekly feature will highlight ways to increase student engagement in the classroom. Each month, I will change the focus. The month of September will feature routines that can be used each day of the school year to increase student learning.
One the most common things I hear from teachers is about not knowing how to best utilize manipulatives and math tools. Many schools have a variety of manipulatives ready to be used, but they often go unused because teachers are unsure of how to use them to their fullest potential. Look no further! I’ve got something special for you! Thursday Tool School will feature various math manipulatives and other math tools that are common in schools or are easy to find and implement. This weekly post will provide ideas for ways to get the most out of the tools. I will feature a new manipulative each month, so be sure to stay tuned.
The ability to solve problems using multiple methods is an essential skill students need to be successful mathematicians. NCTM (2014) advocates that “teachers must regularly select and implement tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving” so that students have opportunities to engage in “high-level” thinking (p. 17). In fact, research shows that “student learning is greatest in classrooms where the tasks consistently encourage high-level student thinking and reasoning” (NCTM, 2014, p. 17). The weekly Solve It! problem is designed to help meet these goals and provide teachers with an engaging task that will provide opportunities for students to reason about math and engage in high-level thinking. Additionally, students will strengthen their communication skills and learn to evaluate the mathematical thinking of others.
Reference: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (2014). Principles to actions: Ensuring mathematical success for all. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc.: Reston, VA.
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