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  • Note-Taking and Student Learning

    Posted by Amy Henderson on May 21, 2019 at 7:23 am

    How do I get teachers to understand that the best way to increase student engagement, and ultimately student learning, is through low floor, high ceiling tasks that spark curiosity and build critical thinking skills?

    How do I support and encourage teachers to step out of their comfort zone and be open to new and better ways of teaching and learning mathematics?  I want to find the right balance, because I know change is hard and scary for many teachers, and I don’t want to introduce too much too fast.

    George Garza replied 3 years, 6 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • George Garza

    May 22, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Amy, there are a couple other topics on this board asking very similar questions.  May all of you should get together and come up with some action steps.

    I will point out that you are trying to change a culture, so if can find one or two leaders willing to be work closely with you, and they are succesfull the other teachers are going to be much more receptive to you and what you have to say.  Keep in mind that teachers are used to fads coming through every year or two and are reluctant to change everything up because next year a new fad will come through.  If you can demonstrate with their kids that what you propose works and works well, then they are likely to get on board.

    Have you asked the teachers what they might need or want to see to get buy in?  What they need for support, what they need for resources?

    I’m just a new teacher, but I know that when higher ups push an idea without talking about it to their subordinates, it doesn’t go well.

    I hope you succeed, if you do, it it has the potential to make math more enjoyable, successful and less frustrating for everyone involved.