Posts Tagged: Student Capacity

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.…

Homework???

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.…

Pre-Asssessing, Gathering Information, Making Waves!

“Why go into something to test the waters ? Go into it to make waves.” Pre-Assessment and On-Going Assessment are some of the Essential Elements of the Tabor Rotation Framework. They’re also foundational components in a differentiated classroom. Whether you’re sophisticating your methods for assessing your students or just beginning to use on-going assessments, they’re a great place to begin a journey differentiating instruction in a classroom.…

Managing Small Groups in a Secondary Classroom

“The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work.” -Agha Hasan Abedi “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.” -Peter F. Drucker “As we get ready to implement these groups do you think it’s necessary to take a few days and talk about the norms or rules of behavior that are expected?” With the second semester just a few short weeks away, many middle school and high school teachers have asked me this question.…