Current Events

Now that I am teaching Social Studies (or Social Science as CPS calls it), I feel that it is only appropriate for a middle schooler…

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Math Talks

Today, I decided to introduce the practice of talking about Math in my class. This is called a Math Talk. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) really…

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Habits of Mind

During a professional development on 08/27/14, teachers were given a list of the Habits of Mind and asked to vote on the ten most important…

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Create an Environment for Learning

Creating an environment for learning is the foundation for all instruction within a classroom. It is critical that the foundation is solid in order to…

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Develop Students’ Understanding

As depicted in the graphic above, understanding information is a process. Although the process is not always linear, students have to first acquire information. ┬áThe…

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Extend and Apply Students’ Understanding

Classroom Instruction That Works lists two strategies that are designed to extend and apply students’ understanding – Identifying Similarities and Differences and Generating and Testing…

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Problem of the Month

I think students should have an opportunity to be creative in Math class. Giving students a Problem of the Month (POM) allows for this creativity.…

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