Monthly Archives: August 2014

#MTBoS Challenge: Professional Books


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.


#MTBoS Challenge: 3-2-1


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.