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Posts Tagged: Middle School Math

Integer: a number with no fractional part; includes the counting numbers {1, 2, 3, …}, zero {0}, and the negative of the counting numbers {-1, -2, -3, …}
The term integer is not typically used in a secondary student’s everyday life. There’s no shortened version for texting it.…
This quote makes me laugh. I’ve never bought 64 watermelons and wondered how much it cost if I gave the farmer $200 and had $7 left. In fact, I don’t like watermelons, so I would never even buy one. (What in the world would I do with 64 of them???)
As I search for ways to engage students in secondary math and to make the concepts meaningful, I continue to add ideas to their interactive notebooks.…
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.…
“The journey for an education starts with a childhood question.” – David L. Finn
As I played “Conversion Concentration” with a small group of students at the Games Station, one student asked the inevitable question about conversions,
“Why do we have to learn this stuff?”
These students had been completing a conversion chart every week since the beginning of school, but their teacher knew the value of partnering conversion memorization with meaning, so before the students began creating conversion charts, he had the students use manipulatives at the Manipulatives Station to help them develop a concrete understanding of the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percents.…
“If I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can’t do this.” -Spencer Silver (inventor of Post-it adhesive)
People typically don’t read long blogs. But, this one is well worth the read! A few weeks ago, I had the incredible opportunity to visit a school who took a team of teachers who have used the Tabor Rotation Framework for a semester, a couple of available classrooms, an enthusiastic math specialist, a supportive administrative team, a little bit of time, a little bit of sweat, and…created a Math Lab!…
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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.…
“Do you use IPads in the Technology/Application Station of Tabor Rotation?”
“What apps do you recommend?”
“Could I write a grant to get more technology in my classroom?”
These questions are frequently asked by Tabor Rotation teachers in math and science, since one of the Tabor Rotation Stations is the Technology/Application Station.…
“Every success is built on the ability to do better than good enough.”
I’m beginning to understand Tabor Rotation, but what are readiness groups and why are they important?
The Tabor Rotation Framework asks teachers to flexibly group students in a variety of ways. Each week includes partner work, whole-group instruction, teachable moments with individual students, small group work with students of mixed abilities, and working with small groups of students who are grouped together according to their level of understanding of the concepts that are being explored that week.…
“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.…