Making it Real

Authentic Math is a challenge I’ve set myself this year, and I’ve been trying to keep this at the forefront of my teaching. I want students to begin with a conceptual understanding and then transfer that understanding and apply it to familiar and unfamiliar situations. A big part of this is making sure students know why they […]

Less Quiet. More Talk

A nice follow up to my last blog post. Thank you @Neil_M_I on Twitter for bringing this to my attention. These kids say it better than any of us can do about how we want children to be loud and to have voices. And they need to hear us speak with compassion and vocabulary that grows their […]

End of Year Reflection

Our principal asked us to reflect at the end of the year, which I thought was a great thing. Of course, I think we should be reflecting all of the time as teachers, but as a wrap-up, it’s nice to put it in writing. Here goes: What have I learned this year: Through a lot […]

Going with the Flow

I was taking a yoga class the other night from a new teacher and so excited to be back after a yoga hiatus for several months. I wasn’t sure why I so needed to drop everything and go to yoga that night. I couldn’t put it into words. When I finished the class, though, a […]