Blog Highlights

My passion is making student thinking visible. Instead of asking my students to show your work, I asked them to show your thinking (the name of this blog). I feel that once we really see or hear what students think, we can focus on what they do know (not gaps) and use that to plan for instruction.

I love to blog about lessons. My no-tech ideas for what to do the last days of school was my most popular post ever! A post about ideas for the last minutes of class reached a lot of people thanks to the game Pedals Around the Rose that I explain in the post. I've also shared ideas for lessons on combining like terms and Pythagorean Theorem. Posts on differentiation and not using keywords are some of my recent favorites because they include a lot of practical tips and resources. Do you have block scheduling? Here's how I plan a block. As a reflective teacher, however, I realize that not all of my lessons are great! I also recently starting vlogging to share some of my reflections via video.

I've written about standards based grading and how to give feedback to students. I also speak out for no (or at least purposeful) homework, why we need instructional coaching, equity, why our words matter, and de-tracking middle school math classes.

Finally, while working in a 1:1 district, where all of my students were lucky enough to have a device, I've developed ways to incorporate tech in purposeful ways. Leveraging social media, such as Twitter, for student reflection was one success. I discovered that some apps are better than others and aimed to find ways for students to be creative in math class.

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