Saturday, October 26, 2013

Breathe collaboration

From Dan Meyer's You Pour I Choose Math Task

Steve Leinwand came to Killington, Vermont, on Wednesday night and I made sure I was there to see him. Dinner and the presentation by Steve was hosted by the fledgling local chapter of National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) called Vermont Math Leadership Council (VMLC). I made them a website at, where you can find resources shared by Steve, including his powerpoint from the dinner.

Here are a few things from the notes I typed on my iPad instead of eating dinner:

Take risks, make mistakes. The stuff we have now is bad. Enter the Common Core. Hope and change have arrived, like the calvary. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to rescue ourselves and our teachers from all the problems we have had.

Effective teachers create language rich classrooms.

Effective teachers take every opportunity to build number sense.

Effective teachers embed math content and connect to the real world.

Effective teachers devote the last 5 minutes to formative assessment.

See Steve’s document called High Leverage Mathematics Instruction Practices for more.

I am not an effective leader if I don't breathe collaboration.