Archive | October 2014

Using The Workshop Model in Math

Math Matters

As a Math Coach working in a district where a “workshop model” is used in both Reading and Writing, I am often asked what a “workshop” might look like in Math.  I recently read a wonderful book titled From Reading to Math: How Best Practices in Literacy Can Make You a Better Math Teacher (Grades K-5) by Maggie Siena. Siena draws upon the assumption that math can be considered another type of literacy in which decoding, fluency, and vocabulary are vitally important. Elementary teachers, more often than not, consider themselves to be much better teachers of reading and writing than of math. What Siena helps to do is draw the parallels between the way we teach reading and writing and the way we teach math, and allow teachers to see how their strengths can carry over from one subject to another.

In order to help the teachers I work with…

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A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned

BEST BLOG POST I HAVE EVER READ!!! What would happen to your thoughts about traditional education if you could shadow a student for a day or two?

Granted, and...

The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different than my own experience in sitting in HS classes for long periods of time. And this report of course accords fully with the results of our student surveys. 

I have made a terrible mistake.

I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. It was so eye-opening that I wish I could go back to every class of students I ever had right now and change a minimum of ten things – the layout, the lesson plan, the checks for understanding. Most of it!

This is the first year I am working in a school but not teaching…

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