About Anthony Lawson

I earned my masters degree from George Mason University in Educational Leadership before leaving the classroom to become an instructional coach and eventually an Assistant Principal in Washington, DC. It is there where I forged my philosophy of education from my various experiences teaching and leading and transformed my school into one of the highest performing schools in the district . I am now excited to call Colorado my new home

A Parent’s Guide to the 1st Grade Math Common Core

So your precious Kindergarten student has successfully graduated and moving on to First Grade. They can count to 100, fluently add and subtract within 10, and even identify many geometric shapes. However, now they are in First Grade. That Kindergarten year sure did go by quickly! Here is what your now 1st grade student can [...]

By | February 13th, 2013|Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics, Parents|1 Comment

A Parent's Guide to the Kindergarten Math Common Core

You may have already heard about Common Core. In fact, your student may already be involved with the Common Core Standards. So, as a kindergarten parent, what do you need to know? What will your student be taught? And, what can you do to prepare your student prior to kindergarten? Just to clarify, the Common [...]

By | January 29th, 2013|Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics, Parents|2 Comments

First in Math and Reflex Math: A Program Comparison

There are many mathematical software programs available to schools and students. I have been lucky enough this year to initiate some action research in my classrooms of two different software programs: First in Math and Reflex Math.              First in Math (www.firstinmath.com) was developed by Robert Sun, an entrepreneur born in Shanghai and [...]

By | November 5th, 2012|Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics|0 Comments

Procedures versus Concepts: A Mathematical Dilemma

There have been a lot of articles lately debating procedural teaching and concepts-based teaching in the classroom. As an elementary school teacher, this topic is of particular interest as mathematical reform models are sweeping through our curriculum. Whether you are a Common Core Standards state or, as in Virginia, simply “aligned” with Common Core, mathematical reformists argue that teaching the way of the past simply does not work for our students of today. The old “drill and kill” model, reformists argue, simply do not teach our students what math means in order to partake in higher level student discourse. On the other hand, traditionalists argue that one of the reasons for the slow improvement in mathematical education in the US is the fact that procedural based teaching is almost taboo in today’s classroom. Meanwhile, intermediate and middle school math teachers are wondering why their students still do not know their basic facts. So what do we do? […]

The Mathematical Workshop Model: How Data, Differentiation, and Classroom Management Combine in an Elementary Classroom

We have all heard of various writing workshop models. Students working diligently on various stages of the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, revising, proofreading and publishing. But how can we incorporate similar structures in the math classroom? To some, this may not be new. Various levels of the math workshop model do exist and so I am [...]