Posts Tagged: Inspiration

The Power of Positive

As another testing season arrives with all the frustrations and anxiety that accompanies it, I have been reflecting on the power of positive in classrooms. I was reminded of this by several recent events. I went to garage sales this past weekend to hunt for frames.…

How to Prepare Students for High Stakes Tests

“The world is full of people who have dreams of playing at Carnegie Hall, of running a marathon, and of owning their own business. The difference between the people who make it across the finish line and everyone else is one simple thing: an action plan.”     -John Tesh   “You use math stations, small groups, and hands-on instruction, so… What did you do to keep them engaged and sitting for 4 hours while they take the state test?…

Aha Moments and Tabor Rotation

An Aha Moment, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension. Aha moments can also be seen inside the brain. WebMD.com describes a scientific study in which researchers found an increased activity in a small part of the right lobe of the brain when the participants reported creative insight during problem solving.…

Texas Drought Benefits Math Concepts

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”     -George Bernard Shaw The Texas drought may have dried up our pond, but it offered our two youngest children the opportunity to play in the biggest mud puddle they’d ever seen.…

To: All Dedicated Educators

I am always amazed and appreciative for the comments I receive from participants in my conference sessions. Here’s just a few quotes to encourage them. These educators, even though it’s the middle of their summer, are still persevering and discovering new ways to reach their students… Slaying sacred cows makes great steaks.     – Dick Nicolose I skate where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.     – Wayne Gretzky Before you build a better mousetrap, it helps to know if there are any mice out there.…

Is differentiating instruction worth the effort?

How do I know differentiating instruction works? Will using small groups in the classroom really make a difference when they sit and listen to my lecture? What’s the big deal about Tabor Rotation? As one math supervisor put it, “Tabor Rotation changes everything. It helps students think.…

Engagement Matters!

A friend, knowing how strongly I feel about the power of engaging students in a classroom, sent me a link to a news article. After reading the article, she said it sounded like my kind of classroom. The study, conducted with Canadian college students, compared a lecture format with an interactive format.…

A Sneak “Peek” at Small-Group, Differentiated Instruction

How can a teacher become more efficient in the classroom? How can our schools make the most of mathematical minutes? What does RtI (Response to Intervention) look like in a high school classroom? What does a week of small-group, differentiated instruction look like? Help! Elementary & secondary level teachers, administrators, leadership teams, departments, and districts are looking for good examples of small-group, differentiated instruction in mathematics.…

Have You Made Your Own AYP?

This weekend we spring forward in time. For some, this weekend is the beginning of spring break. For others, this weekend was the chance to do a little spring cleaning. Every year this season marks the beginning of state testing. The focus, for so many, becomes how well the students will perform.…