Common Core Crisis: What to Do About Math Scores

Don't blame teachers when math scores drop. Give them the support they need for learning to improve.

Calling Parents: To Keep Kids in Line or Help Them Learn?

Parents don't just want to hear what's wrong with their children. Telling them what's right about their children earns trust and cooperation--from them and their children alike.

Learning by Doing ... and Grappling

I loved my students' reactions after they learned something with little or no help from me. Exhales. Smiles. High-fives. Exclamations ("Man, I got it, Coach G!"). And yes, dancing. (I even joined in when it was "Time for the Percolator.")

Exit Tickets: Too Little, Too Late

Teachers need to assess students as they're learning, not as they're leaving.

Stop Preaching and Start Teaching

Don't tell students they can be successful. Show them how to be successful.

Pencils Down, Minds On

Solving problems starts with sense-making, not answer-getting.

Doing Math vs. Understanding Math

A key instructional shift called for by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics is the dual emphasis on conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.

Do More for Students by Doing Less for Students

"Great idea, but it'll never work for my students." I hear this a lot when I encourage teachers to engage students in productive struggle rather than try to prevent struggle. I thought it wouldn't work for my students either, but they proved me wrong.

Rapid Release of Responsibility: You Do, We Do, I Do

Students often learn best through rapid release of responsibility, where teachers start with You Do rather than I Do.

A Think-Pair-Share on Think-Pair-Share

Think-Pair-Share is a great way to engage students and assess their understanding... if it's used effectively.

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