KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #15 Professional Learning

Open Problems: Learning to Manage Variation & Working Memory

Mason and Johnston-Wilder (2006) began their article with the following: “the purpose of a task is to initiate mathematically fruitful activity that leads to a transformation in what learners are sensitized to notice and competent to carry out” (p. 25). I read this quote and I was hooked. I think this sentence phrases what I… Continue reading Open Problems: Learning to Manage Variation & Working Memory

KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #15 Professional Learning

Using Difference to Draw Attention

Until learning about VTL I hadn’t really thought about how I could / should use contrast in my lessons. Now, I’m really seeing how it is a powerful tool. Today in class we were looking at patterns and equations. Specifically we were looking at the affect of a changing coefficient, while keeping the constant the same for… Continue reading Using Difference to Draw Attention

KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #15 Professional Learning

Assessment FOR learning Through Effective Questioning

As I read this chapter I was able to see correlation between this chapter and Dylan William’s next book Embedding Formative Assessment which are reading as part of the Galileo sessions with CBE. William (2011) gives examples of question shells on page 86. I really liked how there are examples given that show possible questions and… Continue reading Assessment FOR learning Through Effective Questioning

KSA #03 Program of Studies · KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies

Mathematical Understanding of Teachers

I was blown away this summer when Brent Davis shared his research about teacher knowledge and that a teacher having high level mathematics courses doesn’t make them a better math teacher. When I heard that one of our courses over the summer was on metaphors in mathematics, I panicked. I didn’t see at all how… Continue reading Mathematical Understanding of Teachers

KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #15 Professional Learning

Variation Pedagogy

One of the big things that jumped out at me from the Math Minds article was the sentence “when tasks are organized such that each piece builds on understanding of the previous, assessing understanding at the end of a lesson or even at several intervals during a lesson is not enough.” This is something that… Continue reading Variation Pedagogy

KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Partner Teaching: Worthwhile Work

This year is my first year in a true partner teaching role. In the past I have team taught – working with another colleague in the classroom in a specialized setting – but this is my first year having another math/science expert to plan similar learning experiences with. For me, partner teaching consists of my… Continue reading Partner Teaching: Worthwhile Work

KSA #01 Contextual Variables · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #15 Professional Learning

The Journey of Learning

I’ve been given the opportunity this year to attend workshops hosted by Galileo Educational Network. Once a month I meet with other new teachers and we discuss what we are seeing in our class, project design, assessment, etc. It’s been an extremely interesting experience to have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with others on… Continue reading The Journey of Learning

KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #15 Professional Learning

Classroom Whiteboards: The Hub for Student Collaboration

This year I have been working with Galileo and other novice teachers in Area III. One Monday morning per month we get together and talk about what is happening in our classroom, how we can deepen student engagement, build real-life tasks, how to connect formative and summative assessments, etc. So far one of the biggest pieces… Continue reading Classroom Whiteboards: The Hub for Student Collaboration

KSA #10 Technology · KSA #15 Professional Learning

The Power of #Twitter, The Power of a #PLN

Today my principal and I were talking about Tsunami’s as it’s a topic discussed in Science 7. He was telling me about a great video that was released by National Geographic, Discovery Channel, or someone else that shows how the sub ducting oceanic crust causes Tsunami’s and uses footage from the “big Tsunami a while… Continue reading The Power of #Twitter, The Power of a #PLN