Solving problems starts with sense-making, not answer-getting.
A key instructional shift called for by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics is the dual emphasis on conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.
"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.
Students often learn best through rapid release of responsibility, where teachers start with You Do rather than I Do.
Think-Pair-Share is a great way to engage students and assess their understanding... if it's used effectively.
Provide students access to the resources they need to be successful, and empower them with the skills they need to use those resources.
Use proximity to assess and connect with students, not punish them.
Students learn best when given opportunities to discover or experience concepts before teachers define them.
An organized classroom may not guarantee a successful year, but a disorganized classroom guarantees a disastrous year.
Don't just focus on what and how teachers need to change. Explain why they need to change.