Posts Tagged: Small Group Instruction

FREE GAME for Learning Algebraic Expressions in Guided Math

I don’t remember Algebra being fun in school. I don’t remember any hands-on experiences for anything in Algebra–including expressions. So, when I began teaching Algebra I was determined to make it concrete-to-pictorial-to-abstract and, above all else, it was going to be FUN! One of the ways I do this is by incorporating roaches, flies, and ladybugs into my Algebra guided math lessons and into my Tabor Rotation math stations.…

Integers in Math Stations

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.…

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.…

Supporting Guided Math Using Tabor Rotation

How can I support the implementation of balanced, small-group, guided math instruction in my school? How do I keep the momentum going after attending a Tabor Rotation Training? How do I share my enthusiasm and expertise in an effective way? These questions are asked quite frequently by teacher leaders, math coaches, administrators, and specialist who want to build the grass-roots movement of Tabor Rotation.  …

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.…

How Can an Administrator Support Tabor Rotation?

A group of highly engaged 4th graders in math stations at Jane Long Elementary School “Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.”     -Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM “A leader is a dealer in hope.”     -Napoleon Bonaparte Since I’m not an administrator, I posed this question to principal Lorrie Kloss who began her journey in Tabor Rotation in May, 2014 and has seen ASTOUNDING results, “How can an administrator support Tabor Rotation?” Here was her response.…

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.…

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?…

Guided Math via the Teacher Time Station

The most popular math station during a week of Tabor Rotation? In every survey, formal or informal, the answer is always Teacher Time. This is the guided math station, of the Tabor Rotation Framework, where teachers plan to teach a small group of  the most difficult concepts for the week.…

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.…