Moments in Mathematics Coaching

Author: Kristine Reed Woleck
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452295972
Format: PDF, Docs
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The author unpacks specific cases or "moments" from her years as a mathematics coach, discussing what effective coaching looks like in practice, how to build relationships with teachers, and more.

Everything You Need for Mathematics Coaching

Author: Maggie B. McGatha
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1544316992
Format: PDF, ePub
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Plan, focus, and lead: Your toolkit for inspiring math teachers What’s your go-to resource for guiding teachers to grow mathematics proficiency in their classrooms? This comprehensive toolkit for busy math coaches positions student learning as the focus of all work, and connects the Eight Mathematical Practices for students with NCTM’s Eight Effective Teaching Practices to deliver coaching strategies that work. Use the coaching cycle—plan, gather data, reflect—to build trust and rapport with teachers. Navigate coaching conversations. Plan, focus, and facilitate professional learning communities. Includes examples from the field, resources, and a plethora of tools to download and share. Create a professional learning plan that empowers you to lead with clarity and purpose.

Math Exchanges

Author: Kassia Omohundro Wedekind
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571108262
Format: PDF, ePub
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Traditionally, small-group math instruction has been used as a format for reaching children who struggle to understand. Math coach Kassia Omohundro Wedekind uses small-group instruction as the centerpiece of her math workshop approach, engaging all students in rigorous "math exchanges." The key characteristics of these mathematical conversations are that they are: 1) short, focused sessions that bring all mathematical minds together, 2) responsive to the needs of the specific group of mathematicians, and 3) designed for meaningful, guided reflection. As in reading and writing workshop, students in Kassia's math workshop are becoming self-directed and independent while participating in a classroom community of learners. Through the math exchanges, students focus on number sense and the big ideas of mathematics. Teachers guide the conversations with small groups of students, mediating talk and thinking as students share problem-solving strategies, discuss how math works, and move toward more effective and efficient approaches and greater mathematical understanding. Although grounded in theory and research, Math Exchanges is written for practicing teachers and answers such questions as the following: How can I use a math workshop approach and follow a certain textbook or set of standards? How should I form small groups? and How often should I meet with small groups? What should I focus on in small groups? How can I tell if my groups are making progress? What do small-group math exchanges look like, sound like, and feel like?

Teaching Elementary Mathematics to Struggling Learners

Author: Bradley S. Witzel
Publisher: Guilford Publications
ISBN: 1462523110
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Packed with effective instructional strategies, this book explores why certain K-5 students struggle with math and provides a framework for helping these learners succeed. The authors present empirically validated practices for supporting students with disabilities and others experiencing difficulties in specific areas of math, including problem solving, early numeracy, whole-number operations, fractions, geometry, and algebra. Concrete examples, easy-to-implement lesson-planning ideas, and connections to state standards, in particular the Common Core standards, enhance the book's utility. Also provided is invaluable guidance on planning and delivering multi-tiered instruction and intervention.

Good Questions

Author: Marian Small
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 080775854X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This bestselling resource provides tools to help experienced and novice teachers effectively and efficiently differentiate mathematics instruction in grades K-8. This third edition includes key changes that will make it easier for teachers to use the tools in all quality state standards environments, as well as with many new classroom examples for each grade band.

Get Better Faster

Author: Paul Bambrick-Santoyo
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119278716
Format: PDF, Kindle
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“Make sure your students follow your instructions.” That sounds like a straightforward instruction, but in fact, it’s fairly abstract. What does a teacher actually have to do to make sure students are following? Even the leader delivering this direction may not know, and the first-year teacher almost certainly doesn’t. The vast majority of teachers are only observed one or two times per year on average—and even among those who are observed, scarcely any are given feedback as to how they could improve. The bottom line is clear: teachers do not need to be evaluated so much as they need to be developed and coached. In Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers, Paul Bambrick-Santoyo shares instructive tools of how school leaders can effectively guide new teachers to success. Over the course of the book, we break down the most critical actions leaders and teachers must enact to achieve exemplary results. Designed for coaches as well as beginning teachers, Get Better Faster is an integral coaching tool for any school leader eager to help their teachers succeed. It’s the book’s focus on the actionable—the practice-able—that drives effective coaching. By practicing the concrete actions and micro-skills listed here, teachers will markedly improve their ability to lead a class, producing a steady chain reaction of future teaching success. Though focused heavily on the first 90 days of teacher development, it’s possible to implement this work at any time. New and old teachers alike can benefit from the guidance of Get Better Faster and close their existing instructional gaps. Packed with practical training tools, including agendas, presentation slides, a coach’s guide, handouts, planning templates, and 35 video clips of real teachers at work, Get Better Faster will teach you: The core principles of coaching: Go Granular, Make Feedback More Frequent, Top action steps to launch a teacher’s development in an easy-to-read scope and sequence guide The four phases of skill building: Phase 1 (Pre-Teaching): Dress Rehearsal Phase 2: Instant Immersion Phase 3: Getting into Gear Phase 4: The Power of Discourse

A Quick Guide to Video Coaching

Author: Casey Kosiorek
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780692996676
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The need to train high school graduates specifically to become teachers was recognized in the early 1800s. Over the next century, "normal schools" turned into teachers' colleges which became state universities, and these entities changed from teacher training schools to liberal arts colleges and then into research universities. The focus reasonably shifted from the practical to the theoretical as a result of this evolution. Many colleges and universities have attempted to recalibrate their approach to preparing prospective teachers for the profession, but it is evident that teacher preparation must continue to evolve with more emphasis on teaching experiences that provide opportunities for feedback and reflection on a continuous basis.It's not just our postgraduate teaching preparatory programs that struggle with this mission; the field of K-12 education owns a big part of this dilemma as well. Once teacher candidates enter the system, we continue to miss the target by not providing opportunities for them to improve their instruction. The structure and methods for such approaches are absent from the field. Often quality professional development is sparse and may seem more like a current fad rather than a change in practice for overall teaching improvement. Early on in our approach, we were convinced the answer could be found in the realm of coaching. One of us had some experience with peer coaching where colleagues meticulously "scripted" each other's lessons and provided feedback within carefully agreed-upon parameters. The other had experience as a student-athlete through college, varsity coach, and physical education teacher who recalled an expression repeated by a football coach: "The eye in the sky doesn't lie." The football coach was referring to video-recording. That's when we experimented with the notion of recording a teacher's instruction. A curious and willing classroom teacher had video-recorded a number of his lessons and allowed us to view them. Then we sat down together to discuss exactly what we were seeing. The teacher was energized by the undeniable evidence of his own actions, both those that were effective and those that were not. We discovered that the teacher, who was seeing himself teach for the first time, was very capable of identifying those teacher actions that needed to be altered to produce more desirable results, but the lightbulb went off when we realized that the experience could be enriched with the guidance of an instructional expert. We started small with "slow is fast" as our mantra. In the first year, we worked with about a half dozen volunteer teachers. Fourteen teachers benefitted from video coaching the next year. Within four years, the number of schools participating had increased dramatically. We know the video coaching approach is working as part of systemic change because we are now training cadres of coaches instead of only working with individual classroom teachers. Part of our journey has been understanding how important quality control at every juncture is in maintaining credibility and building trust. In this book, we are offering a pragmatic approach to the implementation of a video coaching model in your school. We have successfully worked through our model on a small scale in a small school, then on a larger scale in a small school, then in nine different school districts, and now on a larger scale in a large school district. The most direct route to improved instruction is to refocus and support teachers on their teaching by having them reflect on their own practice in a safe environment with a trained coach in response to incontrovertible video evidence of the instruction they deliver in their own classrooms. We're excited about helping you to chart your own course.

Number Sense Routines

Author: Jessica F. Shumway
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571107908
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Jessica Shumway has developed a series of routines designed to help young students internalize and deepen their facility with numbers. The daily use of these quick five-, ten-, or fifteen-minute experiences at the beginning of math class will help build students' number sense. --from publisher description

Instructional Coaching

Author: Jim Knight
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452293341
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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An innovative professional development strategy that facilitates change, improves instruction, and transforms school culture! Instructional coaching is a research-based, job-embedded approach to instructional intervention that provides the assistance and encouragement necessary to implement school improvement programs. Experienced trainer and researcher Jim Knight describes the "nuts and bolts" of instructional coaching and explains the essential skills that instructional coaches need, including getting teachers on board, providing model lessons, and engaging in reflective conversations. Each user-friendly chapter includes: First-person stories from successful coaches Sidebars highlighting important information A "Going Deeper" section of suggested resources Ready-to-use forms, worksheets, checklists, logs, and reports

Global Perspectives on Teacher Motivation

Author: Helen M. G. Watt
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108210511
Format: PDF, Docs
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Many studies of teacher motivation have been conducted in different contexts over time. However, until fairly recently there has not been a reliable measure available to allow comparisons across samples and settings. This has resulted in an abundance of findings which cannot be directly compared or synthesised. The FIT-Choice instrument offers the opportunity to examine motivations across settings. The various studies in this book suggest that people who choose teaching as a career are motivated by a complex interaction of factors embedded within communities and cultural expectations, but seem generally to embrace a desire to undertake meaningful work that makes for a better society. Unlike some careers, where rewards are in the form of salary and status, by and large these factors are not strong drivers for people who want to become teachers. They want to work with children and adolescents, and believe they have the ability to teach.