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  • Ronda Brown

    April 1, 2020 at 10:54 am

    I am definitely guilty of coming in and saving the day. It is hard to watch students struggle because this way of thinking is very different than what they are used to. I am already viewed as a “tough” teacher. It is hard for me to find a balance I think.

  • Noemi Lopez

    April 7, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    1. That i’m doing some things right – concrete/pictorial/abstract and not being the hero. I definitely need to work on more curiosity.

  • Sylvia Taussig

    April 13, 2020 at 11:31 am

    I like the curiosity path and would like to work on including that more in my lessons.

  • Sandra Manning

    April 14, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    I don’t do enough visual activities in my high school math class. I’ve gotten some great ideas to visually express certain concepts like prime vs composite numbers or x^0 = 1.

  • Louise Tessier

    April 15, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    I feel like I do a good job with providing low floor, high ceiling tasks. I’m able to capture studnet’s attention and provide tasks that are accessible to all students. However, I need to do a better job of being more like Prince and being the guide. I do not provide enough concrete manipulatives for my 6th graders. I also will often try to push students past the productive sturggle quickly becuase it makes ME uncomforatable to see them struggle. This was such an important reminder to push through the discomfort – just guide them. And be sure to provide those tangible manipulatives.

  • Amy Kopcznski

    April 20, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    I love the comparison of the hero’s journey! That is such a brilliant argument for why we should allow students to learn within our classrooms and not rob them of the struggle that naturally comes with the learning process.

    What is the the most used tool in your tool box when it comes to resisting the urge to “rescue” a student?

  • Lisa Hudson

    April 30, 2020 at 12:46 am

    How timely to be exposed to the learning path that our students should be going through with the crisis creating productive struggle. I was blown away by the realization that I am currently on the same path that I want my students to be on in my classroom. The crisis that I feel as I attempt to use technology to provide instruction is providing me with plenty of bumps and bruises along my current path. I am hoping that I reach the climax soon but I do want to continue my learning just as I want my students to do the same!

  • Laura Johns

    April 30, 2020 at 11:20 am

    I realized that one of the things I always struggle with is transitions students fronm the model of limited transition to the “hero’s journey”. I always have students who resist this mightly and become angry when I won’t just give the answer or the formula. Thanks to this video, I have some better words to use with parents.

  • Maria Carmela Sanchez

    June 16, 2020 at 11:35 am

    My biggest take away is to focus on the curiosity path of the students and to use tools for representation. This session on the 4 strategies to help students start math problems is awesome. It is so informative.

    Thank you KYle and JOn.

  • Warren Biegler

    November 24, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Good call on the Hero’s Journey. I’ve used that in English for years, but it makes good sense applying to math!

    • Kyle Pearce

      November 25, 2020 at 6:40 am

      It has helped me to better understand how similar learning math is to other subject areas, too!

  • Valerie Silver

    February 15, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Definitely have to change student and parent expectations of what it means to teach. They think the teacher’s job is to explain and if you don’t…complaints. But then, the comment by (I think) you or Dan Meyer about Bill Gates throwing gold bricks at Sal Khan means that can be outsourced and the entire profession needs to change…along with public expectations and willingness to invest. But this is perhaps way beyond the scope and beyond my pay grade. 😂

  • Andy Neels

    February 17, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    Excellent series here! I’m definitely still working on trying not to jump in too quick when I see one of the kiddos struggling. It’s always a struggle finding that balance of letting them struggle but catching it before it turns unproductive and they give up. Thanks again Jon and Kyle.

    • Jon

      February 18, 2021 at 1:59 pm

      Great insights @ajneels knowing that we need to allow the struggle is half the battle. Would love to hear more about the right balance you find! I’m sure it will be different for each class and each student.

  • Debra

    June 13, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    I am in the role of the hero, and in doing so I the guidance is not happening when it should, by allowing the students to be the hero, and as I am in my role as a guide, I am then able to teach through tasks. I can see that I need to include time for the process to work in my lesson plan.

    • Kyle Pearce

      June 14, 2021 at 7:00 am

      Great take away! The amount of assessment opportunities you’ll open up by making this shift is unbelievable. Keep up the great work!

  • Ella Platt

    July 19, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Be more Prince. I like this reminder that symbols take time to work and be meaningful. It took me a few times listening to really get the reference (put in the work prior to make the symbol mean something). Concrete and visual first and most. Use manipulatives and keep them out!

  • Virginia Lee

    August 6, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Takeaway: Meet kids where they are. First, find out where they are. My job to figure out what questions to ask to weave together their ideas with the learning objective.

  • Kristin Priola

    November 12, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Flipping the classroom in your sense, makes so much sense. It is hard to break old habits and not rush to “help” the students see the algorithm to hurry them along. But watching and listening to their ideas gives me so much more insight into what they know, and how they use numbers.

  • Mereana Povey

    November 16, 2021 at 9:16 pm


    I have just joined. The 4 strategies were very in-depth. Wondering and giving the learning over to the students is vital. I have taught maths from primary to secondary. I am in New Zealand by the way. Moving from the concrete to the abstract makes sense to me. As the move onto the different stages, they see through the visuals the difference and it makes sense to the. Being the guide and not the hero is again, giving the learning over to the students.


  • Sue Tulett

    January 13, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Be the guide resonates with what I was told once that the person who did the most talking did the most learning. It is very hard not to tell tell, it is a good reminder that the students don’t need to see how good I am at maths.

    • Kyle Pearce

      January 14, 2022 at 7:06 am

      So true right? They know we’ve “got this”, let’s put the power in the hands of the students!

  • Rebecca Hyde

    May 9, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    The most interesting thought I had with this section is the idea that a book or movie that is super easily predictable is boring, whereas a book or movie that you have to work to figure out, or that the hero has to overcome unexpected obstacles or hard obstacles is always more interesting.

    For math class, the struggle is what can draw the kids in…and the ability to figure out how to solve that struggle and bring other students along…this keeps the students engaged. In particularly, the students who are high ceiling. I’ve experienced it so far with some of the lessons I’ve taught with this idea in the past week. My highest end student was literally bouncing in her seat, bursting with the answers as the other students were contemplating. But she was excited and involved, rather than bored and distracted.

    On the other hand, my students who struggle in class to pay attention and learn the material, were engaged and working. Some were finding answers while others were anxious for a pattern or algorithm to solve the problems. When they received more information, they were excited and could see why that particular pattern would be used to solve the problem.

    I love this! Thank you!!

    • Kyle Pearce

      May 10, 2022 at 6:45 am

      Great to hear that you’re having early successes! Sometimes, it can take a bit of time to build that culture – but it seems like your group is roaring to go out of the gate!

  • Michael Scott

    August 18, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    I feel that I improved over the years with being more of a guide and not the hero because I learned and understood more the math content year after the year. That helped me ask better questions thinking about what was the learning goal I had for the students. I need to learn how to spark the curiosity better.

    • Kyle Pearce

      August 19, 2022 at 6:57 am

      Time, reflection and practice help you to get more consistent. Stick with the curiosity path and let us know how you’re doing!