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  • Why the “New” Math?

    on Mar 26, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics • with Comments

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    The public in general, and parents specifically, have been asking why current teachers are using such different methods to teach math. The comment most often heard goes something like this – “Why can’t teachers just teach math the way we learned math?” There are some very good reasons why the teaching of math has to change. When I entered elementary school in the late 1950’s, most well paying jobs were in factories. Part of the job of schools was to teach students to conform, do basic arithmetic, learn to read well enough to follow directions,

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  • The Power Of A Teacher

    on Mar 26, 15 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion • with Comments


    I ran into my first grade teacher the other day while shopping. I knew that she had gone on to be a counselor, then retired a few years ago, after 30+ years of service. I would love to be able to say I told her what an amazing impact she has had on my teaching, and that wouldn’t be completely wrong, except probably not in the way she would like to be remembered. So I just continued with small chit-chat, a smile plastered on my face. You see this teacher DID impact me. She was

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  • Student Teacher Diaries: Parent Teacher Conferences

    on Mar 25, 15 • in Featured, Parents, The Student Teacher Diaries • with Comments


    Twice a year the school system demands we stop and reflect.  This is not enough, but I love this time of year when I look at the growth all students have made.  Not everyone is where I want them, but it is important to focus on how far students have come in the year and share this progress with parents.  Parent teacher conferences are an important reflection period in our classroom. Mentor Teacher: Lori Rice–I believe in showing growth and focusing on what students have done.  I start each conference with a student written letter.  The students

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  • Teachers as Voice Over for the Student-Hero Journey

    on Mar 25, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured • with Comments


    Saturday, March 14th, Cornelius Minor, a Staff Developer at The Reading & Writing Project gave the luncheon keynote address to over 300 educators at the 2nd Annual Conference for  The Teaching Studio at The Learning Community, a public charter school in Central Falls, Rhode Island. While he began his address with humor and participation, Minor quickly got to the serious matter of his topic: “In a world of inequity, how are we giving tools to students to let them become heroes to rescue themselves?” For those not in attendance, there could be some confusion on Minor’s use of the term

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  • Tips for Parents: Conquering Common Core Math: 8 Tips to Use at Home

    on Mar 24, 15 • in Common Core, Featured, Mathematics, Special Education • with Comments


    I teach students who fall far below grade level in math and parents tell me all the time how impossible Common Core Math concepts are. They don’t even get it, so how can they help their children? But math itself doesn’t change–the way we look at it does. If you want to help your children with math, you might find the answer more simple than you think. 8 Tips for Conquering Common Core Math at Home Ask your child what he or she learned every day and ask for an example. If your child has trouble

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