This summer I was excited to read more professional math books. However, the summer went by too quickly and I was only able to get through four books. The key is to begin implementing some of these great ideas!
1. Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess is a great resource for hooks and different methods of engaging the students.
2. Powerful Problem Solving by Max Ray offers a lot of advice on how to help students become better problem solvers.
3. Implementing the Common Core State Standards through Mathematical Problem Solving (Grades 6 – 8) by Theresa Gurl, Alice Artzt, and Alan Sultan provides activities for each math standard for students to improve their problem solving skills.
4. 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions by Margaret S. Smith and Mary Kay Stein gives useful strategies on how to promote good student discussions.
Since I’m still uncertain as to what I will be doing for the first 5 days of school, I decided to go with the 3-2-1 challenge.
3 professional development books that I enjoyed reading this summer:
1. Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess
2. Powerful Problem Solving by Max Ray
3. Implementing the Common Core State Standards through Mathematical Problem Solving (Grades 6 – 8) by Theresa Gurl, Alice Artzt, and Alan Sultan
2 things I’m excited about:
1. Implementing new ideas that I read about in the above mentioned books. I want to incorporate at least one rich task into each unit. Books #2 & 3 gave great examples to start with and book #1 provided many ideas in how to make my lessons exciting and engaging.
2. A new school year. I always feel that a new school year begins with a clean slate. I like to put past frustrations behind me and try to make this the best year possible. A positive attitude is so important!
1 thing I’m nervous about:
1. Falling back into my old ways when life gets overwhelming. I’m excited about making changes to the way I teach, but when life gets busy, it’s easy to fall back on the familiar and comfortable instead of taking risks.