About 10 years ago I started tutoring students to help them prepare for the math section of the ACT. I did so, almost as an experiment, to see if I could or say things differently in my traditional math classroom to help boost students’ scores on the test. I found out quickly that there were most definitely things that I could change in class. If you are the parent or teacher of a high school student, you know the pressure they...

March 14 (3.14), to math geeks, is Pi Day. As a middle school math teacher, I wanted to show my students how math is fun and interesting across all disciplines. Our 6th grade team did just that. We began by writing and winning a grant to fund our day. The grant was for $1500, which covered supplies for every lesson, including the t-shirts for the day. What follows are lessons that were included in our Pi Day celebration and incorporated across the...

Schools are realizing that teachers learn best when choice and voice are added to the mix. In fact, choice and voice are two of the 7 partnership principles that many in coaching roles adhere to. The Partnership Principles were designed by researcher and author, Jim Knight. They are outlined in the book Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction. The principles include: Equality: Instructional coaches and teachers are equal partners Choice: Teachers should have choice regarding what and how...

Multiplication is one of the basic foundational skills in mathematics that must be mastered by students. In an effort to modernize our approach and help students take more ownership in the process, I attempted to take the process of learning multiplication facts beyond the basic skills and drills. 1. Teach the Properties of Multiplication The properties of multiplication are a set of mathematical rules that students need to know in order to make decisions about problems in math. One way to help...

It’s Back to School time. For most of us, it’s, "Let me go back to school after this most recent break and proceed with my year." For some of us, mostly at the middle school and high school level, it’s time to get new students and start the school year over again. I am now focusing on what I need to do to prepare for #BacktoSchool at this point in the year. My immediate thoughts are, "Hmmmm, what do I want to do...

Who has time to grade papers throughout the day? Most grading is done after hours at home. When you talk with educators, I bet you never hear them speak about how much they love standardized testing, analyzing data, or grading papers! They love being innovative and collaborating to teach their students, but assessments and grading papers are probably not on their list of favorite things to do. They enjoy teaching, not inflicting undo stress upon their students. [bctt tweet="Ts love being...

Let’s Turn the World Kind is the theme for RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) Week that takes place February 12 – 18, 2017. As educators we can help our students in many ways throughout the special week and beyond! The benefits of teaching kindness in school are endless: caring, compassionate, kind, helpful, respectful, and responsible students and adults can really change the world. [bctt tweet="The benefits of teaching kindness in school are endless #classflowlove" username="ClassFlow"] A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON The phrase, “Practice random...