I’m getting a little nervous. It seems like I’ve been planning actively for 6 months and subconsciously for at least 6 years to teach math like I actually want to. And it’s starting on Wednesday!
For my own reference and for simplicity, I’m committed this year to …
1) Awesome math tasks, for fun/coolness as well as for usefulness. Real class/group discussion where students share the math they do.
2) Using material from Developmental Designs to build intentional community in each class and to address students’ social-emotional needs.
3) Generally teaching/acting from my values. Not telling when answers are correct. Pushing students to share/work with each other. Respecting students as people above all else.
Here we go, school year 2013-14. I hope I can make you proud.