What Is It Between? – The intricacies of teaching rounding

Rounding is a skill that baffles many students. While rhymes can help students learn the procedure of rounding, a more well-developed sequence of learning experiences is needed to build the enduring understandings students need to tackle this skill.


Groups of Ten: Rethinking Instructional Pacing in 1st Grade

After attending a Leadership Institute with Kathy Richardson last summer, I've been rethinking the pacing of topics and units in the early grades. In this post I share a change we made to our unitizing and place value unit in 1st grade.

Math Rocks in RRISD

This year instructional coaches Mandy Masters, Jan Nutt, and Kari Maurer led a cohort of elementary teachers through Math Rocks, a district-developed course to help elementary teachers build new relationships with and foster curiosity around mathematics. Today I invited Mandy, Jan, and Kari to reflect on this year's cohort as well as the exciting changes they made to the course in its fourth year.

What’s Your Superpower?

This weekend the Austin Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics hosted its annual conference at Pflugerville High School. It was great to see so many educators from Round Rock ISD taking time on a Saturday to grow professionally. I saw Old Town, Gattis, Brushy Creek, Bluebonnet, Elsa England, and Wells Branch elementary schools represented. Way... Continue Reading →

Teacher Talk: Magic Number

In this edition of Teacher Talk, I’ve invited Jennifer Rubin, a 3rd grade teacher at Brushy Creek Elementary School, to share a super fun game her students have been playing to build computational fluency together.

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