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Making Connections Among Content Areas. By Andrea Lowenkopf and Lucy West

We invite you to join us in an on-going conversation about making connections. Even before the Common Core State Standards demanded that teachers teach reading, writing, speaking, and listening across content areas, progressive educators tried to find ways to do so.  It has long been obvious that if students are able to make connections across content areas they will gain a more coherent understanding of themselves and the world in which we live. There is a beauty in discovery. There

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Tests Can Present an Opportunity for Learning. By: Lucy West

Do you work in a school where the vast majority of students come to you without the necessary foundation in mathematics to work at the level the standards are demanding for your grade level? If so, you are not alone. Out of desperation and a pervasive sense of urgency, many schools that serve large numbers of struggling students make choices that are unlikely to improve student learning; choices that often inhibit learning, such as more test preparation or more testing

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The Myth of “Exposure” and the Harm it Causes. By Sarah Ryan

As an elementary math coach, I regularly work with teachers who want to prepare their students for “the test”. “The test” may be a chapter test students will take next week, a mid-year assessment in January, or a standardized test in the spring. Regardless of which test, many teachers want help preparing their students for the most challenging or most confusing problems, ones many students are likely to misinterpret.
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Creating Animated Factorization Diagrams. By Daniel Scher

Last year, I had the pleasure of co-organizing a geometry-focused coaching collaborative led by Metamorphosis, a New York-based organization that offers professional content coaching to transform the mindset and practices of teachers and administrators. I had so much fun that I decided to do it again! My workshop partners were Metamorphosis staffers Toni Cameron, Ariel Dlugasch, and Kara Levin. Several days before the workshop, Metamorphosis sent a handout of the picture below to the participating math coaches and asked them to think

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Navigating A Persistent Tension in Teaching. By Lucy West

Do you ever feel pressured to ‘cover the curriculum’? How often do you notice that some of your students have not understood much of what you just taught? What do you do when the pacing calendar indicates it is time to move on and your students are not ready to move on? Do you find that some of your students come to you without the requisite knowledge expected by the grade level standards?  I have been teaching for more than

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