This year, I want to do a major remodel of what my math class looks like by:

  • incorporating ideas on effective math intentional talk
  • facing math anxiety head on with enthusiasm for using imagination to solve perplexing problems and grow as mathematicians
  • set up a mission statement and vision of what my future class wants math to look like and revisiting this frequently
  • set up routines that students can use with predictability such as using Estimation 180, Quick Images, Gallery Walks with revision, Counting Circles
  • incorporate writing into math daily – notice and wonder, what students discovered, big ideas – I want to give students wait time by giving them a chance to write down their ideas before they share with partners or the class and a chance to solidify their learning at the end of activities or a lesson
  • focus on a goal of using “perplexing” problems and discussion sharing strategies routinely

The biggest obstacle that I feel I face is time and pressures to cover everything – I worry that my team will be focused on trying to cover everything rather than choosing the best activities.  I truly want my math classroom to have an enthusiastic energy with a supportive, collaborative discussion atmosphere so that students who are anxious about math become more confident in their mathematical thinking. I have created some anchor charts listing the Intentional Talk processes and plan to develop more with my class and revisit these quickly with them to remind us all of our mission.  I purchased my own copy of Powerful Problem Solving and intend to use some of the many wonderful resources I found to create the fun challenges and learning I want for my class.