Author: congruentthoughts

Mindset

When I taught my first class in the 1960’s, my methods instructor and assigned classroom teacher gave me few directions, so I taught as I remember being taught when I was in high school. I lectured, I thought telling/showing was teaching, and I assigned lots of homework problems. Times have changed, thank goodness.  Brain and … Continue reading Mindset

Sense-making and reasoning in the time of Corona

Here in Illinois, we found out last week that our schools will be closed for the rest of the academic year. With this announcement, many parents and teachers are worried that students will not learn anything new and will fall behind.  In this blog I would like to encourage all of us to use this … Continue reading Sense-making and reasoning in the time of Corona

Notice & Wonder with Padlet & Dotstorming

In your mathematics classroom, are you giving students opportunities to think or taking away their need to think? As a high school math teacher, I encountered many initiatives that helped my classroom be more student-centered. When I first started teaching, cooperative learning was making a comeback, but I did not get much direction on how … Continue reading Notice & Wonder with Padlet & Dotstorming

Attending to students’ funds of knowledge in the mathematics classroom

There is divine beauty in learning... To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the … Continue reading Attending to students’ funds of knowledge in the mathematics classroom