Hand Raising and Cold Calling – examining the efficacy of age old practices

February 24, 2019 Mathematical Musings, Updates for Math Educators - News by Looney Math Consulting No comments

Some students will then raise their hands, and others will not. The teacher now has an on the spot decision to make. Who should they call on? What if only some students raised their hands? What if no students raised their hands? Posing a question and asking for hands up for a correct response places the teacher in a position to make multiple in the moment decisions. I believe we have some alternatives to this age-old practice that may better serve learning.

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Calling Out the Brilliance of ALL Students

December 2, 2018 Mathematical Musings, Updates for Math Educators - News by Looney Math Consulting No comments

“If we’re committed to the success of every child, we must acknowledge the uneven playing field that exists for many: ELLs, students with special needs, children experiencing trauma or relentless poverty, and students of color who confront unconscious biases about their capacity. Walking toward equity will help us to create inclusive, 21st-century classrooms.” – Safir, […]

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December Resources 2018

November 20, 2018 December Math Problems & Resources, Monthly Resources for Math Educators, News, Updates for Math Educators - News by Looney Math Consulting No comments
December themes include winter solstice, starry nights, the Boston Bruins, the holidays and more! Over the years, we've published a number of blogs with problems-of-the-week, resources and other insights. View our collection of December problems-of-the-week and recommended websites. Esti-Mysteries from Steve Wyborney Math Website Resource Recommendation of the Month Bring ESTIMATION to life in your [...]
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My Journey to Ecuador 2018.

November 11, 2018 Mathematical Musings, Updates for Math Educators - News by Looney Math Consulting No comments
My Journey to Ecuador 2018Math Team for the Galápagos Conservancy San Cristóbal, GalápagosHope of Bastión School, Guayaquil, Ecuador USA Today published an article “Teaching: A crisis in Perspective.” There is a distinct contrast between their finding “that teachers are worried about more than money. They feel misunderstood, unheard and, above all, disrespected” versus the primary sentiments expressed by the [...]
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High-Stakes Testing and Accountability – Is It working?

September 24, 2018 Mathematical Musings, Updates for Math Educators - News by Looney Math Consulting No comments
“Where are the waves of students now arriving on college campuses super-prepared? Where are the businesses proclaiming that today’s grads are the most awesome in history? Where is the increase in citizens with great-paying jobs? Where are any visible signs that the test-based accountability system has worked?” -  Peter Green, Forbes, September 2018A provocative quote [...]
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