Posts Tagged: STAAR

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.…

How to Prepare Students for High Stakes Tests

“The world is full of people who have dreams of playing at Carnegie Hall, of running a marathon, and of owning their own business. The difference between the people who make it across the finish line and everyone else is one simple thing: an action plan.”     -John Tesh   “You use math stations, small groups, and hands-on instruction, so… What did you do to keep them engaged and sitting for 4 hours while they take the state test?  …

Does Tabor Rotation work with…?

Does Tabor Rotation work with… …CCSS-Common Core State Standards? …TEKS-Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills? …CCGPS-Common Core Georgia Performance Standards? …my district’s mandated curriculum? …the new program my district just adopted? The list could go on and on, but the answer to every one of the questions above is YES!…

The Origin of Tabor Rotation

Like any good invention, the Tabor Rotation Framework came out of necessity. A couple of decades ago, I realized that my students needed a better way to learn mathematical concepts. I had almost 40 students in a class, a classroom with no walls, fewer than half of my students on grade level, less than 60 minutes to teach math, and my students would be taking MSPAP (Maryland School Performance Assessment Program). …

What is the difference between TAKS and STAAR?

“What is the difference between TAKS and STAAR?” During the last year, this question has been voiced by parents during every one of my community group presentations. Last week, I promised one group I would blog about this question so they could better understand what was happening in Texas schools and to their children.…

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.…