I hope that life is treating you and yours well.
I love when teachers are honest about their challenges with teaching mathematics. If one teacher is thinking it, many more teachers are probably thinking the same thing. Hearing the thoughts and concerns of teachers helps me identify how to offer the best support, overcome a challenge, or develop a new perspective. Please keep being honest and asking questions.
You may already know this about me but, I do not demonstrate for students what I know about mathematics. I pose problems to students and ask them to demonstrate what they know about mathematics. Then, I take what they know and refine, refine, refine their work until they can approach problems solving with confidence, flexibility, and depth of understanding. Using an open-ended approach with students will lead to students using a variety of strategies. Analyzing and correcting student work that involves wide-ranging strategies will require far more effort than just checking off of a box. Last week a teacher admitted to me that looking at student work at the end of a long day could be overwhelming, confusing, and exhausting.
Thank you! Thank you for speaking your truth. Now I know I need to help teachers create systems that will help them analyze, organize and correct student work.
The first thing I do is separate the work into 2 piles: 1) correct answers and
2) incorrect answers
Then, I use four lenses to make sense of student work: comprehension, organization, number sense strategy, and connect and extend.