Posts Tagged: Managing Small Groups

Four Tabor Rotation Tools-FREE DOWNLOADS

After sharing the Tabor Rotation Framework at the 2016 SCCTM Conference,  I wanted to encourage the passionate educators in South Carolina as they continue on their journey of highly effective and personalized instruction using Tabor Rotation. Here are 4 Tabor Tools you can download and use immediately.…

The Extreme Value of Teacher-Guided Math/Teacher Time

In a recent conversation, dynamic math instructional coach, Chrystena Talamantez, shared the overwhelmingly positive response her teachers had to additional support in guided, small-group work with students at the Teacher Time Station. Since having this station was the primary reason why I created the Tabor Rotation Framework, I asked Chrystena to share her personal testimony to the extreme value of Teacher-Guided Math Instruction/Teacher Time.…

What Teachers Can do to Make Tabor Rotation Successful

“Teaching is a calling, too. And, I’ve always thought that teachers, in their way, are holy- angels leading their flocks out of the darkness.”     -Jeannette Walls, Half Broken Horses In September of 2013, I began to work with a team of teachers who were looking for a way to provide better math instruction to their students.…

Encouraging Simultaneous Interaction

Positive Group Interaction at Hambrick Middle School   “If you have a candle, the light won’t glow any dimmer if I light yours off of mine.”     -Steven Tyler, Aerosmith A participant in a recent Tabor Rotation Institute asked me this question, “Why is simultaneous interaction so important?” Jeff Sapp writes about the transformational power of simultaneous interaction in at-risk schools in the Electronic Journal of Science Education, Number 30: Fall, 2006.…

Homework???

After spending a day immersed in an initial training at a recent Tabor Rotation Institute, participants placed several sticky notes on the “parking lot” of questions. I promised I’d blog about those questions. “When do you give homework?” “When do you check homework?” “When you’re using math stations and guided readiness groups, how will you have enough time check homework?” These are valid questions, especially when a teacher or school is beginning to use small-group, differentiated instruction in math using the Tabor Rotation Framework and homework is mandatory.…

Meaningful Math & Meaningful Management!

Fun isn’t always educational and education isn’t always fun, but when the two come together – it just doesn’t get any better.”     -Tom Jackson “Research consistently shows that the more time students spend involved in learning activities, the more they learn. That is, there is a strong positive relationship between the amount of time students are actively engaged in learning activities and their achievement.…

Accountability in Small-Group Instruction

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world.”     -Anne Frank Many secondary teachers are fine-tuning the use of small-group instruction in their classrooms. The email below is an incredible exchange with great information. Hope it helps some of you, too.…

Application Menus

“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” -Flora Whittemore “My basic principle is that you don’t make decisions because they are easy; you don’t make them because they are cheap; you don’t make them because they’re popular; you make them because they’re right.” -Theodore Hesburgh “This framework doesn’t really meet the needs of all my learners.…

Grouping in Math Using Tabor Rotation

“Always behave like a duck-keep calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddle like the devil underneath.” -Lord Barbizon “Help! My class is so much BIGGER this year… …what do I do?” “I just found out that I have 28-30 students. How do I use math stations now?” “Which is better—a larger group with an even number or a small group with an odd number?” “Is it better to have more math stations since I have more students?” These are some of the questions teachers submitted after conference sessions on Tabor Rotation.…

Tip for Small Groups in Math: Use Leaders!

“The task of leadership is not to put greatness in to humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.”     -John Buchan This summer I’ve had the honor of working with a great number of dedicated educators. These educators have come with a positive attitude and an open mind.…