What ever happened to independent practice? In an effort to increase comprehension, collaboration, and conversation independence may not be getting the attention it needs I am noticing a trend. When…

There is a debate amongst teachers using Cognitively Guided Instruction in Math (CGI Math) as to whether or not to keep posing the same problem type for a week or two,…

As you facilitate learning in your classroom your apt to notice trends in students’ thinking, partial conceptions, representations, and areas in need of growth. You can use students’ independent practice as…

“What Would It Look Like If…?” is one of the most powerful tools I use when working with students. Why… because when posing CGI math problems, students tend to draw beautiful models…

As you facilitate learning in your classroom your apt to notice trends in students’ thinking, partial conceptions, representations, and areas in need of growth. You can use students’ independent practice as…

While walking through classrooms during the beginning of the year, I see many students following step-by-step procedures to find answers. For example, some of the problems required students to make…

Linking Concepts and Procedures Often we are in a rush to get quick results in our classrooms. Unfortunately, quick results in our classrooms (and in life) are rarely lasting….

As you begin to ask more questions and listen to your students’ responses, certain trends begin to emerge; what does this particular student need, on this particular day? The T.U.B.B….

Choral Counting Connections Are you ever overwhelmed by the amount of content that you need to teach? Fortunately, you can use choral counting to accomplish many of the goals you have…

Once you have taught your students how to sit beside one another, point to their work and explain to their partner what they did to solve, and how to…