"You are so correct Nina,
That feeling of belonging be it through the hands-on activities or even the discussion is critical. Does traditional math instruction work? for some yes but as you say, we really need to make sure we are getting the…"
"I have watched some really great math classes and some really boring math classes. In general, the difference is the amount the students are 'invited' to become directly involved with the math, i.e. discussions, hands-on activities, group…"
"I think the more people differentiate their instruction instead of tracking students will help break down the negative conception that some students and parents have about math. When students feel they are stuck in the "low" group, I…"
"Technology, technology, technology...voicethreads, podcasting, schoolpads, & "clickers" just to name a few. ALSO...this will be big for me (and our district) is the use of Kagan structures (kaganonline.com). We are wrapping up a…"
"I have been pondering math education a lot lately. I believe our biggest issue (especially at middle school and high school levels) is student engagement. Some math classes are SOOOOO boring!! And if I, who love math, think so, what must many of our…"
"I have just begun using an IWB for professional development for math teachers, since almost all our middle and high school math teachers have IWBs. It is so much fun and student engagement is so much greater."
"You know I have seen so many students come in to class believing they 'couldn't do math' and leaving class believing that they could... Although there are definitely those who rarely if ever have to work at 'getting it'…"
"OK...I'm one of those folks who didn't enjoy math (I hesitate to admit it in this group!). I was in the top math classes in "junior" and "senior" high school only because of the way my school "tracked"…"
"One of the folks in the guidance counselor program at Ohio State told me one time (probably 3 years ago) that the best indicator of whether a student (male or female) goes to college is the mother's level of education. I wonder if more educated…"
"I so much agree with you, Lisa! And we seem to be one of the few countries in the world who feel there is some sort of a math gene! I believe it is possible to make math class enjoyable and engaging enough to give all students the feeling that they…"
"What drives me crazy is to hear parents, teachers, administrators...you get the idea...say, "I was never any good at math," in front of kids. It gives kids permission to be bad at math. You never hear people say, "I was never any good…"
"I usually tell parents & students that math is not genetic. But I'm also honest ... not everyone will love math (just as I don't enjoy some subjects). My goal is to try to move students from hating math to at least making math…"
Hi Nina - Hope your summer is going well! I wanted to update you on our free webinars and hope you can join us for one of them soon.
We've had three Tech Talks so far - one on Interactive Notebooks, Moodle, and Digital Storytelling. You can get to the recordings of those by clicking on the Web Archive link.
You can see all our upcoming events by clicking on the Events tab. The next TechTalk topic is Using Wikis. We've got lots more topics to cover in the next few months - technology, pedagogy, content knowledge, all sorts of fun stuff! Any ideas on additional topics or feedback you have would be greatly appreciated and thanks for all your participation! Kim
Hi Nina - So glad you joined! We're just getting started and would appreciate any feedback - are there discussions you would like to have or resources you would like to see, groups we need to start? What are your needs? Thanks! Kim
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