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Placa, Nicora – Learning Professional, 2020
Teachers spend a lot of time talking about students: They talk about how students learn, how to best plan lessons for them, and how to understand their written work using different protocols. Instead of hypothesizing about what a student might do on a task or why a student made a certain mistake, why aren't teachers just asking the student?…
Descriptors: Listening Skills, Interviews, Student Attitudes, Meetings
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Chapman, Sue; Mitchell, Mary – Learning Professional, 2020
Peek into a math classroom, virtual or physical. What are students doing and saying about their math learning? Are they engaged? Are they thinking critically -- evaluating solutions, assessing their understanding, revising their strategies, explaining concepts, and connecting mathematics to real life? Helping all students become more self-directed…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Mathematics Instruction, Active Learning, Electronic Learning
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Guarino, Jody; Santagata,, Rossella; Lee, Jiwon; Cox, Duane; Drake, John – Learning Professional, 2020
Like many others around the world, the authors have moved their busy lives and research-practice partnership to the planet of distal learning and remote working. While the news about the spreading of the pandemic and the dire economic consequences entered their homes, they did not want to lose what had brought them together in partnership this…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Student Centered Learning
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Storeygard, Judy; Mutch-Jones, Karen – Learning Professional, 2020
Doing the Math With Paraeducators: A Research and Development Project funded by the National Science Foundation, was designed to provide experiences to support professional growth by building paraeducator mathematical knowledge for teaching and leadership in Boston Public Schools. Providing paraeducators with sustained professional learning and…
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Mathematics Instruction, Public School Teachers, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Edwards, Darla – Learning Professional, 2019
A networked improvement community can be a tremendous resource for people who share a common interest and desire to learn from each other, and, thanks to technology, this can occur even when participants are separated by a large distance. This article discusses Virginia Advanced Study Strategies' Rural Math Innovation Network, a four-year project…
Descriptors: Networks, Rural Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools
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Gonzales, Crystal; Skarin, Renae – Learning Professional, 2019
There is substantial evidence documenting the impact of high-quality, educative learning materials on teacher practices and student learning, yet this evidence has not translated widely into more equitable learning opportunities for all students. English learners tend to have less access to intellectually rich, grade-level content and…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Student Needs, English Language Learners, Equal Education
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Chapman, Sue; Mitchell, Mary – Learning Professional, 2019
Focused reflection is teacher directed professional learning that uses ongoing formative assessment aligned with research-based instructional practices and standards. It allows teachers to operate as researchers and hold themselves accountable for what they are teaching and what students are learning. This article provides a table that outlines…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Reflection, Planning, Mathematics Instruction
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Williams, Sharon; Cloninger, Karen – Learning Professional, 2018
Even though the West Linn-Wilsonville School District in Tualatin, Oregon was posting good results at all levels, when a new superintendent arrived, one of his first initiatives was to re-align progress from goals to a coherent system of professional development that would lead everyone to feel confident and competent in their work to reach all…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Faculty Development, Academic Achievement, School Districts
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Chapman, Sue; Mitchell, Mary – Learning Professional, 2018
It is important for mathematics teachers to see themselves as mathematics learners and to see mathematics as comprehensible, purposeful, and fun. A teacher's mindset influences many aspects of teaching and learning, including the learning tasks they offer, the ways in which they orchestrate classroom discourse, their response to mistakes, and…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Rigelman, Nicole; Crane, Sarah; Petrick, Kellie; Shrier, Donna – Learning Professional, 2018
Teachers at Jackson Elementary School in Hillsboro, Oregon, embrace a growth mindset and continuously try best practices that better reach all students. They collaborate and bounce ideas off one another, and they observe one another and provide feedback. They will even ask another teacher to model lessons with their students so they learn how to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Best Practices
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Ippolito, Jacy; Dobbs, Christina L.; Charner-Laird, Megin – Learning Professional, 2017
Secondary teachers and leaders, many of whom are implementing the Common Core State Standards, are seeking guidance about how to implement disciplinary literacy practices. Of the four core subjects taught in secondary schools--English, history, math, and science--the authors have found through their work with secondary teachers that math teachers…
Descriptors: Literacy, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics
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Killion, Joellen – Learning Professional, 2017
Professional development designed to integrate key features of research-based professional learning has positive and significant effects on teacher practice and student achievement in mathematics when implemented in schools that meet specified technology-readiness criteria. Key features of research-based professional learning include intensive…
Descriptors: Standards, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, Principals