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.
In this edition of Teacher Talk, I’ve invited Andrew Schleisman, a dual-language 4th grade teacher at Wells Branch Elementary Arts Integration Academy, to share how he’s integrating music and mathematics to foster a robust understanding of fractions.
In this edition of Teacher Talk, I share a story from Leilani Schaar, a 3rd grade teacher at Caldwell Heights Elementary School, who recently emailed me about an "Aha!" moment her students recently had about multiplication.
In this edition of Teacher Talk, I’ve invited Angela Holcek, a 2nd grade teacher at Elsa England Elementary School, to share how she's using math to connect her students to other students from around the world!