May 5, 2020

There’s comfort in the familiar: familiar faces, familiar places, familiar experiences. The challenge to find familiar during this period of unexpected unfamiliar led us to, of all places, our camera rolls. Yes, that’s right. Our gallery of pictures featuring the faces of our students, our classroom walls, our hallways, our colleagues, our students’ work- it brought instantaneous comfort. We wante...

March 25, 2020

I trust we all love Ferris Bueller and remember the “life moves pretty fast” advice? Well, there’s no doubt that right now, life is moving pretty fast… and stopping makes a lot of sense. Not because we don't want to miss a moment of this experience, but instead because when life feels like it’s speeding up, slowing down can relieve some of the anxiety and panic we are feeling. This brings me to th...

March 23, 2020

We play many different roles throughout our day - spouse, parent, employee, friend. Each of our roles are generally defined by our location - home, work, community. Yet, right now we have one place for all these roles - our home. On top of this mixing of our safest space, many of us have accepted the challenge of a new role - the face-to-face teacher for our children. While we continue to work, ca...

Photo by Volker Stetter

We've arrived at the end of our series on creating more meaningful math experiences for learners. We hope you have found it greater than the sum of its parts, and that each blog has given you something to think about, something to try as the school year unfolds. Over the last month, we kicked things off, and then Pam offered tips for launching a year of meaningful math. Shan...

September 4, 2018

I can still remember planning a math lesson after school during my second year teaching. I turned to look out the window, hoping to get a view of the autumn afternoon. Instead I was met by my reflection. It was pitch black outside and there I was, sitting at a table under fluorescent light. How long had I been sitting there?

I was stuck. That week we were working on the properties of multiplication...

March 9, 2018

Once upon a time, as pure as a fairy tale, it seemed as if math was all about algorithms and right answers. But times, they are a’changing. It is no longer enough for math learners to correctly compute. Today, the expectation is for students to have a full-bodied, rich understanding of math concepts and the ability to communicate their knowledge. It’s part of a broader trend in education to  to de...

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