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Showing posts from October, 2010


It was a short summer compounded by the fact that it never really happened here in Calgary; we went from spring straight into fall and now we're doing a back step into a summery autumn. I don't mind because we're experiencing the most spectacular fall I've seen in a long time. The leaves are turning all shades of yellow, orange, and red. It's beautiful. And, in the midst of such beauty I am searching for a routine with my students. I am particularly focusing on constructing a math workshop with clear and efficient procedures and routines that allow me to be more effective at teaching math in Spanish to monolingual English speakers at the same time that I support my students' nascent math understandings. I think I've almost got it.

To help me sort this out, I am reading Guided Math by Laney Sammons which has given me new ideas and a fresh look at math workshop and small group instruction. I have developed a math menu and will be testing it out with …