Tag Archives: teaching

Cube Conversations

Cube Conversations is a set of 80 (eighty!) animated lessons designed to promote visually rich math discourse.  I’ve designed these lessons to invite many voices and vantage points into classroom conversations. Much like Splat!, you control the animation with a few simple clicks  – and each click presents an opportunity for students to see and discuss an image in new ways. Of course, there is also a sense of mystery,… 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 →

Scene 3: “The Return”

In Scene 3, from the Animated Learning Walks Series, the classroom teacher detects two rare and powerful opportunities.  Instead of exchanging places, the teacher returns in a different way to take advantage of those two opportunities. 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 1:  The… Read Article →

Scene 2: “The Exchange”

In Scene 2, from the Animated Learning Walks Series, the observers return to the classroom, but they are now ready to try something new in order to make the experience even more powerful for everyone.  So they try out “The Exchange.” 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… Read Article →

Stepping Into Each Other’s Classrooms

Powerful instructional practices are occurring all around us.  Sometimes those practices are in classrooms only a few feet away from us.  So very close.  There may be teachers just a few moments down the hallway who are using highly effective strategies that could quickly empower our own instruction and positively impact our students.  We know that stepping into those classrooms, even for a short time, could significantly contribute to our… Read Article →

Losing the Mustard Bottle

The mustard bottle was only inches away.  It stood on the rolling cart next to the overhead projector. The nearly blinding light from the projector shone through the transparency and was then reflected up onto the screen behind me, the screen that the students were watching intently.  My hand was smeared with blue vis-à-vis ink, but I didn’t notice.  I nimbly stepped over the power cord that was running to… Read Article →

Finding Bedrock

Education moves and changes quickly.  It’s changing right now.  We all feel it – and we should, because we care so much about it.  The list of changes is long, and the opinions surrounding those changes is even longer.  When we are the drivers of change it is new, exciting, and illuminated with possibility.  But when the change comes from elsewhere we often wrestle with how it impacts us.  We… Read Article →