On Tuesday, I received a book entitled “Accelerating Learning for All Students” in which all of the teachers in the district will receive professional development in the upcoming week. I cannot speak to the ELA piece of the material, however the math examples made me cringe. I quickly got out my post-its and started reading…pink for positives, yellows for yuck.
I think various points of the book were positive as far as the focus on teacher planning and opening up tasks to be accessible to all learners, they even have Carol Dweck’s Mindset mentioned, however the pathways they explain to achieve this accessibility completely frustrated me. To me, it feels completely at odds with all of the great math work we have been doing in our district/state. I am sure so many of you can relate to the type of aggravation that builds from being so passionate about learning. This week, I have been very aggravated.
Thank goodness for Twitter.
From this point on, I cannot take credit for this blog post…I had some incredible help…
It all started when Frank threw out this tweet yesterday afternoon:Wow, was he reading the same book I was, with mnemonics and other “tricks” to help students “learn” multiplication? I responded with a pic from my book, along the same lines:
What could make this even better….
So as not to disappoint….
I would love to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to this conversation, I needed the laugh. Because, while we all know how absurd this is in the math classroom, it sadly leaks its way in with district/state initiatives. Those leaks are most frustrating for me when they are avoidable. I am SO fortunate to be surrounded by such passionate and knowledgeable math educators I can run to for support, opinions, advice, research, and, in this case, a much needed laugh!