Phil Daro makes a compelling statement about “Answer-getting”

Phil Daro makes a compelling statement about “Answer-getting”. It is so true, his generalizations about math teaching in the United States, and to think I was a major offender of this. However, teaching mathematics for understanding should be at the top of our priority list.  The Common Core’s focus and clarity gives us the time to dig deeper into understanding what were doing as opposed to going through the rules.   “In a field where fads have ruled, we are seeing something new: a growing commitment to the idea that clear and shared goals for student learning must give a foundation on which to improve education and achievement” (1999) the Common Core is not the end all, however, it is a start and a good one at that.

Stigler, J. W. and J. Hiebert (1999). The teaching gap : best ideas from the world’s teachers for improving education in the classroom. New York, Free Press.

School Fundraising: School Donation: Grants for Teachers: PTA Fundraising: AdoptAClassroom.org

Adopt-A-Classroom invites the community into the classroom  in support of teachers  and their students.   By   adopting   a   classroom,  donors form   partnerships   with   specific   classrooms providing   financial   and   moral   support.   The result is a meaningful contribution to education in  which  donors experience the impact of their efforts and celebrate in a classroom’s success.

School Fundraising: School Donation: Grants for Teachers: PTA Fundraising: AdoptAClassroom.org.

School and Teacher Donations

For Teachers, School and Teacher Donations.

How It Works

Submit a Project

  1. It’s simple to register – tell us where you teach and confirm that you can receive our emails. Then upload a photo that provides a window into your classroom. And voilà! You’re ready to submit a project!

  2. Our system allows you to find what you need online, and you choose the exact materials you need for YOUR classroom.

  3. Next, you’ll aim to inspire donors by describing what you need, why you need it, and how your project will change your students’ lives for the better.

Donors Choose

  1. Every day projects are funded on our site, and yours could be next!

  2. Word to the wise: projects under $400 have the best chance of being funded.

  3. Check back often – a donor may leave a personal message for you and your classroom letting you know why he or she chose to give to your project.

Send thanks

  1. If (dare we say when?) your project is funded, we ship the materials straight to your school.

  2. In return, you and your students will write thank-you letters and take photographs of the project in action. We’ll share your thanks with your donors, who love to see the impact of their gifts!

107 Favorite iPad Apps for K-8

Here is a post from Ask a Tech Teacher’s blog.  This is a great resource to access…from health to math, we got an app for that!  Check it out!

107 Favorite iPad Apps for K-8 « Ask a Tech Teacher.

Professional Learning for the CCSSM

While I spend a great deal of my time researching Common Core resources online (ask my wife), I fail to find anything of great importance or value.  However, I must recognize Vermont’s efforts in moving forward with educating teacher’s and administrator’s for the transition to the Common Core.  Please take some time to check out the professional development content they offer.

This is a great resource from the Vermont’s Department of Education.

Elementary Focus: Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Middle Level Focus: Expressions, Equations, and Functions

High School Focus: Mathematical Modeling

The main page link:

Professional Learning for the CCSSM.

Staying Current in Education is Easy as Zite

ZITE

This app is incredible! The ability to focus my individual magazine to articles and content that I want. Personally, I love how I can filter good education articles…this certainly helps me stay current and relevant when it comes to education.

Check out the a few of the articles I filtered in education:

10 Common Core Resources
http://gettingsmart.com/edreformer/10-common-core-resources/

Ten education blogs worth following
http://www.eschoolnews.com/2012/04/06/ten-education-blogs-worth-following/

An introductory guide to iPads for Teachers
http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2012/04/an-introductory-guide-to-ipads-for-teachers/

Go to iTunes for this app: Zite