Posts Tagged: Manipulatives

Tabor Rotation Training is Transformational!

The last two Tabor Rotation training sessions for the 2015-16 school year were full of excitement, enthusiasm, and receptivity. The days were amazingly positive, but what happened after the training was even more impressive. With just a few weeks left in the school year, participants went back to their classrooms and immediately began to use the strategies they learned.…

Getting Started with Algebra Math Stations

Are you an Algebra teacher who is wanting to begin using math stations, small groups, and guided instruction with your classes? If you are, then I’m already impressed and the students you have this year will be, too! Here are a few basic tips for implementing guided math instruction in a secondary classroom: 1.…

Hands-On Expanded Form

  What is expanded form and how do we make the practice of expanded form hands on and engaging? Let’s start with the first question. Expanded Form is… …the writing of a number to show the value of each digit. …the sum of each digit multiplied by its place value.…

Math Stations: Big Classes Need “Pair” Bags

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”     -Michael Jordan That’s why teams working together at math stations are a vital component of the Tabor Rotation Framework. Effectively equipping teams for their work is imperative—especially in a math classroom at a math station! When teachers begin to sophisticate their use of students working in math stations in a classroom, many questions arise.…

Effective Math Stations? Leader Folders!

How do I make math stations more effective? What’s the most important resource for Leaders and Co-Leaders? How do I make sure that students aren’t just receiving guided math instruction from me but are also guiding each other and themselves? One answer is, “Make sure you create a Leader Folder for every station and every activity during the Rotation to the 4 Stations [One of the 14 Essential Elements of the Tabor Rotation Framework and a vital component of a week of Tabor Rotation].” At the end of a math conference session on Tabor Rotation last week, teachers were at the front of the ballroom looking through the sample Tabor Rotation Station Bags.…

Super Secondary Manipulatives: Anglegs!

When I showed a set of Anglegs to a high school math department and everyone said, “What are those?” I knew I needed to blog about these amazing manipulatives! Anglegs come in six lengths of plastic that easily snap together to explore plane geometry. When you snap two Anglegs, of any length together, you can snap a special 4” protractor to explore angles.…

Questions about Tabor Rotation

Questions, questions, questions…I LOVE them! Why? I love questions from administrators and teachers, because if no one asks a question, then it’s highly unlikely that they will use the information. Tony Robbins says, “Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” When someone asks a question, then I know they are “hooking” it to what they already know and do and are thinking about how they will use the information in their own classroom or school.…

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.…

Fractions: Fun or Fungal?

I began writing this blog post after receiving an email from a teacher who wanted a copy of several of the games I used during a demonstration lesson involving fractional concepts. Not wanting to just give her “fish” I thought about how to give her more.…

What can you hear in your room?

“There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation.”     -James Nathan Miller “You were the first person to stop talking at me and give me something I could move in Algebra.…