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  • Encourage a discouraged teacher

    Posted by Lauren Gangel on December 12, 2022 at 1:44 pm


    I am a new instructional coach at my school. I have been working with a teacher who wants to teach math better. However, I have come to realize she needed to work on classroom management first. Thus, all things math have been put on the back burner while she is working on classroom management skills and lesson planning. How do I help begin to help her work on the math while not overwhelming her with the other things she has going on?

    Cynthia Wargocki replied 1 week, 6 days ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Cynthia Wargocki

    January 20, 2023 at 5:11 pm

    I would be interested to hear how she is teaching math (direct instruction, groups, what types of tasks). You may be able to kind of backwards design with her, incorporating the behavioral skills that need to be in place for the instruction to work. For instance if she wants to do a three act task, what expectations need to be in place for students to be able to complete the task (group expectations, accountable talk,…). Are students acting out because there are no expectations or due to math anxiety? You could start with a something small like a math talk and help her implement that practice by modeling and then move on from there. Just some thoughts, not knowing the full scope of the situation. Good luck.