The Maze Hundreds Chart

The Maze Hundreds Chart is a resource that is surprisingly powerful and leads to some very unexpected learning opportunities. Much like The Animated Multiplication Table, this is a free, downloadable resource that will cause you to see an old, familiar chart in some new and surprising ways. Watch the video, download the interactive resource, and then take a look at the next blog post which will feature a variety of types… Read Article →

The Second Cube Connector: Pointing Out the Arrows

The Cube Connectors series, which began with this post, continues with a glimpse into the classroom of Hannah Yazzolino.  The resource which I shared on Twitter, and which Hannah used very effectively in her classroom – even before it was in an animated form – is now downloadable in both an animated form and as a greyscale PDF. Here is the heart of this post:  The annotated arrows that fill… Read Article →

Introducing Cube Connectors

Cube Connectors is a strategy that I’ve created – and would like to share with you.  This combination of images and descriptions will have your students seeking connections in ways you may never have anticipated! In addition, I plan to create an ongoing bank of resources so that you can turn the cube connectors strategy into a classroom routine! Before you download the three free resources – including the animated slides… Read Article →

The Writing on the Classroom Wall

BIG NEWS!!! Today is the official release date of The Writing on the Classroom Wall! Standing in my classroom in 1997, I was struck with a truth that was so unexpected and so important that I posted it on the wall of the classroom. Then I turned to the students and taught them what it meant. I called it the Big Idea. I had no idea that it would launch… Read Article →

The Power of Color

Color. It’s the natural extension to the series that begin with Provide Massive Space to Notice. So, after 180 Opportunities to Notice and How to Create 9 Identical Dot Patterns in 10 Seconds or Less, I’m adding 2 new templates.  This time, the circles are blank, so students can use color to record their observations.  They can also build layers of sketching right on top of the color in order… Read Article →

How to Create 9 Identical Dot Patterns in 10 Seconds or Less

Wow!  What a response to the last 2 posts!  In Provide Massive Space to Notice, I detailed how to use repeated dot patterns.  In 180 Opportunities to Notice, I simply provided 10 pages of dot patterns that can be downloaded.  In this post, I would like to give you 2 templates that will allow you to create your own dot patterns.  As the title states, you can truly create 9 identical… Read Article →

180 Opportunities to Notice

In my previous post, Provide Massive Space to Notice, I described how to repeatedly use the same dot pattern to promote noticing.  In this post, I would simply like to give you 10 pages of dot patterns which you can download and use with your students.  The purpose is to promote a wide variety of seeking perspectives, noticing , and recording observations in ways that can be very useful.  Simply watch… Read Article →

Provide Massive Space to notice

Give students several copies of the same image – along with ample space to notice – and they will amaze you.  In this post, you’ll be taken on a tour of noticing.  At the end of the video, you’ll find a page which you can download and use with your students.  I encourage you to show the video to your class, pause it at the strategic point I’ve indicated in the recording,… Read Article →

Scene 6: “Two Teachers Learning Together”

In Scene 6, from the Animated Learning Walks Series, two teachers decide that they want to learn together, even when they is no learning walk scheduled.  So, they bring their students into one classroom in order to learn together. For more information with 4 challenges and practical tips on how to make this realistically happen, see the recent blog post entitled, “Stepping Into Each Other’s Classrooms.” The Animated Learning Walks Series Scene… Read Article →

Scene 5: “The Glimpse”

In Scene 5, from the Animated Learning Walks Series, the observers in the hallway decide to step into the classroom a second time to briefly view the teaming exchange.  If they look closely enough, they will begin to see possibilities for learning alongside other educators even when learning walks are not scheduled. For more information with 4 challenges and practical tips on how to make this realistically happen, see the recent… Read Article →