I want to rewatch the TedTalk as well. We have to remember when things are impactful, we cannot just ride the wave because it peters out. We have to swim back out again and catch another one. Sometimes we have to refresh ourselves of what impacts us.
I really connected with Michael when he said he wasn’t good at math at first and like him I think that struggle early on has helped me in my teaching since it did not come easy to me, so I can relate to students who take longer or need a different way to learn math concepts.
I want to learn more about how spiraling can maybe help struggling students fill in some of their gaps in learning.
What an amazing story from Michael about his journey and where it has led him. We all have our own journeys with ups and downs. Like Michael I was taught using traditional methods (although I don’t remember going over homework, but I am sure I did at times) and that was the only way I knew how to present math for my students when I began teaching in 1981. I have had a gradual progression with a big shift in 2005 when I began using peer tutoring in my classes. I will also re-watch the TedTalk. I am very excited to begin spiralling my classes this fall.