Posts Tagged: Small-Group Instruction in Mathematics

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.…

How Can a Skills Specialist Support Tabor Rotation?

Part of the INCREDIBLE Tabor Team of Carter Academy   “Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.”     -Pete Carroll, Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks Since she has done an absolutely AMAZING job of supporting the teachers at Carter Academy in Aldine ISD, AND they have had amazing results, I posed this question to skills specialist Amanda Rodriguez.…

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.…

PBL & Tabor Rotation Rock- TOGETHER!

I have the distinct honor of working with some of the most dedicated educators on the planet. Some of these incredible educators have been trained in Project-Based Learning before learning more about the Tabor Rotation Framework. Those who believe in the power of PBL and small-group, differentiated instruction may have ask themselves this question, “Can a classroom use Project-Based Learning and Tabor Rotation?…

What is the Rest of the Class Doing?

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist or to accept the responsibility for changing them.”     -Denis Waitley The first challenge of differentiated Readiness Groups, based on your students’ level of understanding of skills and concepts, is realizing that all students deserve the opportunity to move further ahead in their depth of understanding.…

Why Teach Guided Math?

“We always hope for the easy fix: the one simple change that will erase a problem in a stroke. But few things in life work this way. Instead, success requires making a hundred small steps go right – one after the other, no slipups, no goofs, everyone pitching in.”     -Atul Gawande, Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance The antique in the picture above reminded me, once again, of the importance of teacher-guided, small-group instruction in math.…

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.…

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.…

Increasing Scores via Financial Literacy

How can you increase scores on a state test by teaching financial literacy? That was one of the questions asked by several teachers who were recently trained in M-Cubed: Meaningful Math Management. This resource is used nationwide to teach accountability and personal financial literacy at the same time.…