Monday, January 20, 2020
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Today was the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics Pre-Conference 2019 with John SanGiovanni. I was not prepared for his session. I had several preconceived ideas about his session. He works with elementary teachers. How will this help me? I have taught high school for 25 years. I have no desire to sit and listen to elementary school mathematics for a couple of hours. But, I still attended.
It is hard for me to say it but I was wrong! He spoke from his experience with all levels of students. He spoke with general idea vs specific elementary content. Many of his comments about teaching philosophy and procedures made me wonder if he had a Big Brother camera in my classroom. I knew that he and I had similar thoughts and ideas. I was hooked!
He started by asking us to tell a partner our favorite number and why it is our favorite. Easy start! I made math personal from the first second of his session!
The he continued by asking us to look at a picture and make a prediction, discuss with a partner and share with the group. He guided our thinking through his questions. He asked for a few answers but focused on the process. Well, that's easy AND it got every math teacher thinking. He said that it takes students time to be trained to think mathematically. But through questioning techniques, the discussions become more and more mathematical.
Every few minutes we were experiencing new number sense activities that get students thinking. There were so many ideas I can't even remember all of them but now I am ready to prepare for the first 5-10 minutes of every class period.
And now I wait. Wait to experience more. Wait to learn what questions to ask.
OCTM teachers - Tomorrow's keynote speaker, John SanGiovanni, will NOT disappoint! Get ready! He will make you think and show you how to make students think!!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
My geometry students have become amazing thinkers!
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Today was the first day of school! Sometimes no matter how well you plan, you need to fill 3 - 5 minutes at the end of the hour. Today I asked students questions about the day. I made the questions mostly mathematical answers. It was fun and made students think!
(I had told students that this was my 25th year of teaching and had shared a variety of information about myself.)
1. How many school years have I taught?
2. Do I have more children or more chickens?
3. How many years have I lived in Collinsville?
4. What percentage of your semester grade will come from test grades?
5. Which is greater the age of my son in years or the age of my chickens in weeks?
They had NO CLUE that they were doing math!!
Monday, August 6, 2018
I am starting a new year at a new school with a new prep. A return to Geometry!!
After a summer with 10 days of PD included, I am ready to try new things and make my students work harder than me. My plan includes the following:
1. A lot of "What do you notice?" and "What do you wonder?" throughout many, if not all, daily plans.
2. Giving my students a change to guess and learn that a wrong guess is NOT a mistake. It is chance to learn more.
3. Go and talk - I just read about this idea a few days ago and love it! Have students stand up, walk up to another person, look them in the eye and discuss mathematics!
4. Creating Mathematicians who are constantly thinking.
This is a short blog post with more to come. My goal is to share my thoughts and ideas at least weekly. More to come...
Friday, July 10, 2015
Saturday, August 2, 2014
My biggest Aha moments:
1. Every time you ask a class why, allow them to turn and talk. Everyone's answer to why is a little different and if they turn and talk it allows the students to process.
2. SnagIt!!! I can't wait to create lessons using snag it for my virtual and/or absent students to experience. What's more exciting the Techsmith guy, Jason Valade, showed me how to do it!!!!!!! Watch out Jason, I have your email address AND phone number!
3. You start the problem. I have the habit of asking students to finish solving a problem during lecture time, but what if I allowed a student to START the problem. Then I could guide them through the entire problem as they go the direction that THEY choose.
4. Not all secondary math teachers agree on what topics are the most important. AND, that's okay!
Hope to see you at TMC15!! :)