Monthly Archives: February 2015

Math in Motion (Video and PDFs)

Today I would like to share a classroom activity which I call Math in Motion.  This activity provides a rich opportunity for formative assessment, differentiation, practice, and instruction.  See the video below as well as the links to download the math in motion pages.  I hope this idea will become a powerful practice in your classroom!        The math in motion templates can be downloaded here. 6 work… Read Article →

12 Ideas to Propel Your Growth Journey

Educators are learners, working in learning communities, with fellow learners.  Our growth journeys are very important not only to ourselves, but to the many people with whom our lives intersect.  Understanding and constantly activating our growth journeys is an important part of our personal and professional growth.  Here are 12  ideas to prompt thinking about our journeys.   Your professional growth belongs to you. You own it.  Professional development is your journey… Read Article →

The Number Concept Map (Video and PDF)

Here is a new resource for you:  The Number Concept Map.   While there are many different ways this resource could be used in the classroom, I’ve provided a recording below to detail how you might gather representations in your classroom community, and also to show how you might use those representations to look for connections among the ideas once that have been gathered.   I hope the video and… Read Article →

8 Lessons About Educators

I am a deeply hungry learner – just like you.  Diving headlong into the world of Twitter, the adventure of blogging, and the life of a connected educator, I have discovered several highly apparent lessons about educators – truths about you.  Many of these lessons have become increasingly apparent through the interactions that I have been privileged to share.   Lesson #1  Educators Want Resources and Strategies The traffic patterns… Read Article →

Math Imposter Sets (with Video and PDF)

Over 15 years ago, I began using Imposter Sets in my math classroom.  Imposter Sets frequently produce rich, insightful discussion about important math concepts.  Students readily embrace the mystery of Imposter Sets.  Classroom discussions are frequently characterized by investigation, exploration, and wonder.  Those are powerful responses to a strategy that is actually very simple to use.   Recently I was asked to share more about Imposter Sets.  What are they?  How can… Read Article →

The Quicksand of Learning

If you blog, this might sound familiar:  Partway through a post, but not yet finished.  That’s me, right now.  I’m slugging it out, slogging through the middle.   The “quicksand middle” is how I’ve come to think of it.  The more I struggle, the more difficult it seems to be.  Oddly, I have everything I need.  The idea is clear and the concept is complete.  The words are on the page,… Read Article →