In search of all great lessons, I stumbled across Robert Kaplinsky’s Zoolander lesson, which was created for the concept of scale. Although teaching scale was months away when I discovered the Zoolander lesson, I immediately created slides and customized the lesson so that I would not forget about it. 1,289 more words

## Tags » Math Instruction

#### Let's Talk About Answers in Math

A few weeks ago I led elementary teachers in a PD around answer getting. How many times a day in math class do we hear kids say, “But I got the right answer! 303 more words

#### Is My Math Instruction Effective?

In elementary and middle school, teacher-directed instruction never seemed to work for me. I grew bored quickly and then promptly zoned out. I’d either doodle on paper or mentally plan out my afternoon. 822 more words

#### Customizing Andrew Stadel's Sweet Snacks

Sweet Snacks: A video and concept by Andrew Stadel, customized by Dr. Polak!

I spend a big chunk of my weekends in search of grand lesson ideas. 1,143 more words

#### What Form of Math Instruction do Students Like Best?

When I was in school, all of my math classes were taught in the same manner. First, the teacher wrote a math problem on the chalkboard that he or she copied directly from the example section of the textbook that we all had access to. 1,466 more words

#### High School Math is a Mess

The adoption of the Common Core standards in public schools seems to have led to an identity crisis in high school math instruction. At kid #3’s school, pre-algebra, algebra (1 and 2 as far as I can tell), and geometry are no longer offered as separate classes. 345 more words

#### 3rd Year Reflections: Math Instruction

**Math Instruction**

- I liked the guided math groups. It allowed for immediate differentiation.
- I might take a suggestion from another website (don’t remember which one) about…

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