It’s been a helluva November – wouldn’t you agree?
So it was lovely to read some good reminders of how much we have to be thankful for. Here are a couple of my faves:
Under the category ‘Multiple Representations’, we can always count on Indexed to accurately depict the human condition:
Elizabeth Statmore, or our beloved Cheesemonkey reminded me of the very best thing about the #MTBoS, besides giving me the best professional development every day in so many different ways.
And Fawn Nguyen, the Queen of many things in the math education world (including teacher snark), delivered a brief but humbling note of thanks, reminding me to always check my privilege at the door. Note in her post that she is writing a book! While you are on Fawn’s blog, make sure you read her post Irrelevant from earlier this month as well.
If you are looking for any ideas for cooperative learning in your classroom, Glenn Waddell has compiled a hyperlinked list of resources for you. Thanks for letting us share in your graduate education, tuition free - no less, Glenn!
A great idea from Pam Wilson – the Reverse Quiz! Having students find errors in work promotes critical thinking skills and deepens understanding. Pam suggests we let the students make mistakes and explain why they are wrong. Brilliant!
Jonathan Claydon, writing at Infinite Sums, makes a strong case for slowing down your curriculum pacing to ensure your students have enough procedural fluency to actually solve problems with the Big Ideas you want to teach them. As teachers, all of us are answerable to some end-of-year goal, whether it’s a Regents exam, a departmental final, or just making sure our students are adequately prepared for next year. Jonathan (who has also shared some interesting assessment ideas in a previous post in answer to a tweet for help), challenges us to let that go just a bit in order to close some of our students’ the proficiency gaps.
Cheers – Wendy Menard (@wmukluk)