Math Minutes Vol. 10

Week of November 16, 2015

My Favorite Teaching Chanel Video...EVER!

In this video, explore a super cheap (in cost and time) way to get the most out of your daily warm up routine.

"My Favorite No" Steps:

  1. Have students solve one question on an index card.
  2. Collect the cards.
  3. Sort the cards into "yes" and "no" piles.
  4. Search for your "Favorite No".
  5. Display the student work sample for everyone to see.
  6. Discuss the right thinking that went into the problem.
  7. Excavate the error and correct it.

As you watch the video, think about the following reflection questions:

  1. How does this warm up routine help foster a positive culture of error in the classroom and/or a growth mindset?
  2. How does this routine promote higher order thinking and discourse between students?
  3. How can you modify this routine for success with your students/grade level?
My Favorite No

It's that time of year...

It's that time of year when programs, field trips, parent conferences, problem solving contests, District Assessments, student behaviors, and more....all seem to conspire against you and we start counting the days until our next break.

If you are a new teacher, new to a grade level or school, things can feel even more daunting.

Take a look at this chart that illustrates the phases of new teachers' attitudes toward teaching. If you are down in the depths of the disillusionment phase, know this -we have all been there!! If you are a veteran teacher, spend some time loving on our "new teachers" this month. And by "new teachers" I mean: new to the grade level, new to the content, new to the school, new baby on the way...and more!

Don't hesitate to reach out if you want some extra support.

  • Need a 15 minute mental break, have me come in a do a Number Talk.
  • Need 30 minutes to just breath, invite me to do a problem of the day.

(I only ask that you observe the lesson and maybe take notes on what you would like to try.)

For more information on the Phases of First-Year Teaching, visit the link below.

Great Resources from TEA.

Here are two great resources you can use to support your math content and differentiated instruction planning. Click on the links below the pictures to go to the online resource.
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