Minimizing the “Matthew Effect”

Some good ideas and insights about learned helplessness

Thinking Mathematically

For the past 5 years I have been a math coach in the same (mostly) few schools in my district. This has afforded me the opportunity to observe students through the years as they’ve been developing as young mathematicians. Being able to watch students year after year has afforded me opportunities to notice the different paths some kids take over time.  For example, go into a grade 8 classroom and really listen to the students as they are talking about their mathematics, observe each student as they are thinking and working…  What you might notice is a huge discrepancy between who is doing the talking or sharing and who is not.  You’ll see some students eager to participate, actively engaged in sense-making during new learning opportunities, and others who might seem to let others participate and do the majority of the thinking.  These observations have got me reflecting on a…

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In trouble.

This is for all the teachers who see and recognize when the status-quo content/curriculum isn’t cutting it for our students.

We understand one path to transparency is to be just that: transparent. Speak up during meetings. Have our research to back us up. Challenge the canon and “the way it’s always been done.” However, sometimes our concerns, warnings, and expertise is ignored. Students are masters of seeing through dishonest instruction. Sometimes teachers mistake lack of motivation to “laziness” and the implicit racial bias that often accompanies that label.

So we have to go rogue.

We have to create curriculum that not only meets students where they are, but help them cut through the brush to their own learning.

We rogue teachers invite you to share your stories, thoughts, resources, success and failures when it comes to going off the known map. We’ve all had those “shake our heads” moments when the faulty logic behind curriculum adoption doesn’t make sense. We’ll share our stories and struggles, too, and share this space. And try to have a little fun in the process.