Project-Based Approach as Early as Kindergarten

I recently registered my five year old daughter for fall kindergarten. In the registration process she was assessed to measure her readiness. She was asked to identify letters of the alphabet, count as high as she could (the evaluator stopped her at 100), draw basic...

The Scholarly Classroom

Anybody who has been around me in the last 6 months or so knows of my recent fascination with the book Teach Like a Champion. (Lemov, 2010) The book is packed with practical teaching techniques that are markers of a scholarly classroom, with classroom vignettes that...

What number is 1000 less than 18,294?

I’ m reading Steve Leinwand’s Accessible Mathematics and he poses this question as a bell-ringer or review question for a chapter that was covered a month ago. He points out that making sure that students understand place value is critical but it’s not about one...

Academic Dialogue in the Mathematics Classroom

As we work to prepare our students for the Common Core Mathematics Standards, I am continually reminded that the focus needs to move away from the teacher and shine on the student. Academic Dialogue is one way of focusing on the student. It allows students to talk...