PD in Action: 4th Grade Math fluency and communication

More results from PD that causes action…It makes me wonder about learning design.  Are we designing PD experiences for teacher-learners and lessons for student-learners that cause action and gain traction? Do we see products of our PD learning being translated into classrooms? Do we see products of our classroom learning being translated into action? Last … Continue reading PD in Action: 4th Grade Math fluency and communication

PD in Action: #LL2LU Faculty Forum Oct. 30

PD causes action.  On Wednesday, October 30, we offered a session of Leading Learners to Level Up.  The next day, Kato Nims (@KatoNims129) sent us a message that her 4th graders are asking for levels? We are creating feedback monsters! Awesome. While Kato and Arleen Honick wrote a math learning progression during Wednesday’s workshop, they … Continue reading PD in Action: #LL2LU Faculty Forum Oct. 30

PD in Action: #LL2LU Math Formative Assessment #TrinityLearns with #MVPSchool

This really says it all: Isn’t this what we want from professional development? I learned something yesterday that I can (and do) put into practice today. How often does that happen? Well, it happened twice today.  Stephanie, #MVPSchool’s @TeachingSteph, and Vicki Eyles, #TrinityLearns @EylesMath, joined forces yesterday to design a learning progression and a leveled … Continue reading PD in Action: #LL2LU Math Formative Assessment #TrinityLearns with #MVPSchool

Summer PD: Day 1 Make Sense; Persevere

Summer Literacy and Mathematics Professional Learning June 5-9, 2017 Day 1 – Make Sense and Persevere Jill Gough and Becky Holden Today’s focus and essential learning: We want all mathematicians to be able to say: I can make sense of tasks and persevere in solving them. (but… what if I can’t?) Great teachers lead us … Continue reading Summer PD: Day 1 Make Sense; Persevere

Goal Work: design and implement a differentiated action plan

As an Academic Leadership Team, Maryellen Berry, Rhonda Mitchell, Marsha Harris, and I continue to work on our common goal. By the end of this year, all teachers should be able to say We can design and implement a differentiated action plan across our grade to meet all learners where they are. To highlight our commitment to empowering learners to act as … Continue reading Goal Work: design and implement a differentiated action plan

PD planning: #Mathematizing Read Alouds

How might we deepen our understanding of numeracy using children’s literature? What if we mathematize our read aloud books to use them in math as well as reading and writing workshop? Have you read Love Monster and the last Chocolate from Rachel Bright? Becky Holden and I planned the following professional learning session to build common understanding and language as … Continue reading PD planning: #Mathematizing Read Alouds

PD Planning: Number Talks and Number Strings

As we begin the second part of our school year and as the calendar changes from 2016 to 2017, we review our goals. The leaders of our math committee set the following goals for this school year. Goals: Continue our work on vertical alignment. Expand our knowledge of best practices and their role in our … Continue reading PD Planning: Number Talks and Number Strings

#AmericanPromise – PD Reflection

Have you watched American Promise? As part of our PD day, we gathered and watched a 45-minute version of the film. What happens when you don’t fit in? Are you coached to change to become like the norm? Do you choose to change to be more like the norm? Does the environment change to fit … Continue reading #AmericanPromise – PD Reflection

#HLTA: High-Leverage Team Actions

I’m reading Beyond the Common Core: A Handbook for Mathematics in a PLC at Work  written by Juli K. Dixon, Thomasenia Lott Adams, Edward C. Nolan and edited by Timothy D. Kanold. In their handbook, they offer tools that scaffold collaborative pursuit.   They identify 10 high-leverage team actions (HLTAs) to  impact learning and improve team work, instruction, and assessment. What if we use this to … Continue reading #HLTA: High-Leverage Team Actions

What is a Fraction? … be flexible, use appropriate tools strategically

What if we use technology to visualize new concepts and interact with math to investigate and learn? What if we pair a process learning progression with a content learning progression? By the end of this lesson, we want every learner to be able to say: I can explain and illustrate that a fraction a/b is the quantity formed by a parts of … Continue reading What is a Fraction? … be flexible, use appropriate tools strategically