I would highly recommend the Spiraling course if you are not already spiraling your curriculum. I completed the course over a year ago but due to COVID, I was not able to spiral last year so I am working on that goal for this school year! Hoping for improvements in my students’ retention.
Honestly, I’m a little frustrated. I’m a third-year teacher. Got it. Room to improve. But I think I’m using three-act math, WICOR, and other strategy sets in innovative ways, and I get great feedback and performance from the students. I don’t think my administrative observers recognize the unique use and results when they come to my room. It’s been a long week, so maybe I’m being a little bitter. For example, I teach adapted math, and my students read aloud from a fiction book with math themes. We do close reading. They get CLOZE notes and close-reading. And they love three-act math! It really stretches kids with specific executive functioning and reasoning disabilities. All this helps me get them engaged parallel to the standards-based lesson. I don’t know. Maybe those activities are run-of-the-mill, but I don’t see other teachers in my building doing these types of things.
Shamelessly Lobbying for a Pat on the Back in South-Central Kansas
Hang in there, David, and keep doing what you know is best for your students. I would guess that your administrators were trained in “old-school” math in which there is more of an “I do it, we do it, you do it” mode of teaching and they feel confident that is the way to go. Hopefully,, if not from your administration, it will come from your students and their parents. you will get that pat on the back.
My administrators are highly supportive of my teaching style and trust that I know what I am doing. When I get frustrated by what other teachers in other districts have to face, I try to remember that administrators, in general, are under a great deal of pressure to show the results on a standardized test.