While for some educators Twitter can feel like an excellent source of resources and conversation to learn and grow professionally, it's not uncommon for many other educators to feel like Twitter is a fire hose blasting out information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. How in the world do you get a drink from that?
You only get one chance to make a first impression, and our Round Rock ISD elementary teachers are doing a fantastic job of providing their students a positive and engaging first impression of mathematics as we launch a brand new year of learning.
Last Friday, Regina and I put the "M" in STEM by hosting the first ever Math Playground at the 3rd annual Round Rock ISD STEMFest. The goal of the Math Playground is to create a space where children and families can play with mathematical ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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 →
In this edition of Teacher Talk, I’ve invited Deb Swyers, a 3rd grade teacher at Elsa England Elementary School, to share her experiences trying out the counting collections routine for the first time this year.