Thursday, December 14, 2017

Reflections on Conferring

Conferring is purposeful helping aimed at developing students' capacity for learning. Conferring is more than merely providing information. I think of it like this: 

Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day (helping)
Teach them to fish and you feed them for a lifetime (conferring)

I taught a lesson about conferring recently with my pre-service mathematics teachers. Here's what we did, how it went, what I'll change for next time, and what we learned.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

QTP: Rich tasks are for everyone

Overheard: The modified "rich version" of the task would have been too difficult for some students, so we gave them the original worksheet and one teacher took those students aside to work on it together. 

But... If the rich version of the task is "better" for learning, why shouldn't the struggling students work on it too?

QTP = Quick Thought Post

Friday, June 23, 2017

Advice for Getting Started with SBG

One of our teacher ed grads emailed one of my colleagues in search of SBG resources for a pre-algebra course he's developing for next year. He wrote:
When I had you for ____, you graded our assessments using a form of standards based grading. I remember receiving a paper back that listed what standards I had mastered and which ones I still needed to work on. I have wanted to try using a standards based grading system ever since I saw it in your classroom. Would you have any resources that you would be willing to share with me?
My colleague replied with several tips and resources, including Matt Townsley's growing list of scholarly articles SBG. He also Cc'd me, and while I was drafting my own response I realized it might be better to write it as a blog post. So here it is, for what it's worth: my list of suggestions and resources for getting started with SBG in the math classroom.

Monday, February 6, 2017

MIA2017 - Do you have a growth mindset?

We share how the math teachers in our hall
empowered kids by focusing on growth mindset.
(Based in part on Boaler's book Mathematical Mindsets)

Our presentation was part of GVSU's
2017 Math in Action Conference
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017

Session Resources:


Saturday, February 27, 2016

MIA2016 - Coaching Principles in the Mathematics Classroom

Molly Carter, Jamie Stuart, and I presented the following session at the 2016 Math in Action conference. Our talk was called "Promoting Collaboration During Problem Solving: Coaching Principles in Action". Here are our slides and electronic versions of the session handouts. Thank you for attending! 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Best Teaching Practices, by GVSU's Math Student Teachers

Over the years, our math student teachers have shared their best ideas and most memorable experiences from the mathematics classroom. We prompt them by asking what they have seen or done that will stick with them or have a lasting impact on their practice. I thought I would share it here in the hope that others may find something useful.

Feel free to submit your own ideas or experiences in the Comments.