Motivation & Engagement

A Timeless Classic

Who knew teaching students in the virtual environment would be so difficult?  The struggles range from getting students to turn on their cameras to trying to get them working in…

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Focusing on Our 3 P’s – Positive Personal Progress

With facing the stress of giving semester exams on top of changing learning modes between remote, hybrid, and all-in, it was essential for me to help my students stay calm…

Posted in Growth Mindset, Motivation & Engagement, Sarah Shon | 1 Comment

Out With the Old and In With the New

A New Way to Think About Circles in the Math Classroom As a teacher, by nature, I am a reflective individual that is continuously improving my practice.  Many times, I…

Posted in Megan Kean, Motivation & Engagement, Peter Trapp, Teacher as Researcher | 1 Comment

Using Participation Checks to Promote Turn-Taking in Teams

During the 2019-2020 school year, my CPM Teacher Research Team decided to center our work around active listening and turn-taking. Most of our work ended up focusing more on turn-taking,…

Posted in Jennifer McCalla, Karen Kurcz, Mathematical Discourse, Motivation & Engagement, Sarah Shon, Student Self-Assessment & Metacognition, Study Team Improvement, Teacher as Researcher, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Making Whole Class Discourse Visible

For most of my twenty-five years of teaching middle school math I have struggled to facilitate great whole class discussions. It seems like as much as I tried to ask…

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Mindset Shift in Assessment

This school year my research focus has been assessment. I have been trying to find ways to make assessment more meaningful to my students and their learning process in an…

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Using Sociograms to See Trends in Team Discussions

Our TRC team is conducting research on equal distribution of talk in teams.  Before the school year started, our team decided to use sociograms to collect data on equal talk. …

Posted in Jennifer McCalla, Karen Kurcz, Mathematical Discourse, Motivation & Engagement, Sarah Shon, Study Team Improvement, Teacher as Researcher | Leave a comment

‘We’re All In This Together’–the Perfect Icebreaker!

Helping our students effectively communicate with each other is constantly on the minds of CPM teachers.  At the heart of this is the burning question: what does ‘effective communication’ really…

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Digging Deeper into Division with Rationals

I have been studying how to get more kids involved in our math lessons. I feel like sometimes they get bogged down by the number of words on the page,…

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Math Curiosities, Part 2

In my previous post on Mathematical Curiosities (www.imath.us/math), I wrote that I would explain in more detail later.  So, here are a few of the experiences I have had utilizing…

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