Differentiated Assessments in the Inclusion Classroom and Beyond

A great way to begin a discussion on differentiated assessments is to answer, “What does the word assessment mean to you?”  This question holds a lot of meaning for a lot of different people. For some teachers, assessment means giving students quizzes and tests. For others, it means much more. In order to determine how [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Formative Assessments, Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics|0 Comments

Unit Fractions: A Math Teacher’s Grand Slam!

As I slowly walked down the hallway to my classroom I told myself, "Last school year was a complete disaster but this year is going to be different!" If I could paint a picture of the students that I had last year, it would look like a scene from Major Payne. Every morning when I [...]

My Math Learning Disability: A Student Perspective

As a student with a math learning disability, there are a lot of difficulties I experience in the classroom that get in the way of my learning, including “memory, language, attention, temporal-sequential ordering, higher order cognition, and spatial ordering” (WGBH Educational Foundation, 2002). Many times, as I sit in the classroom, I feel like I [...]

By | September 21st, 2016|Instructional Strategies, Mathematics, Special Education|0 Comments

Mathematical Conversations Aid Problem Solving

Mathematical conversations are among the most important connections that make math about solving problems instead of just calculating answers. They include discussions of how a problem was solved and whether or not the answer makes sense. Often teachers shy away from mathematical conversations thinking they will lead to students talking instead of working. In this second [...]

Math Standards in Middle School

I taught middle school math for 30 years. During my career I used many different types of math standards. These standards included school district standards, NCTM standards, a new set of district standards, textbook “programs,” and finally the Pennsylvania state standards. The PA standards very closely resemble the current Common Core standards with one exception. [...]

By | September 8th, 2016|Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics, Middle School|0 Comments