Math Sense, Chapter 7, Putting It Together - Math Coach's Corner

Thanks for participating in another book study! I KNOW you enjoyed Math Sense: The Look, Sound, and Feel of Effective Math Instruction, by Christine Moynihan. Did you miss it? You can read the whole book study with these links to previous chapters.

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Here’s the reading schedule (use the links to visit any of the posts):

Chapter 7, Putting It Together

First, I just have to say–sound off and give this book some love! I want some mad comments. Thank you to Christine Moynihan for writing such an energizing and inspirational book and for participating in our book study.

Chapters 1 through 6 painted a picture of what effective math instruction should look like, and Chapter 7 gives us a road-map for transforming our classrooms. Moynihan reminds us that any journey starts with the first step. This chapter contains teacher self-assessment checklists for each of the components outlined in the book, giving us a chance to revisit each of the components and reflect on the current state of our classroom. I really like the suggestion for how to fill in the Comments column–do you (1) have some good resources but need to review them; (2) don’t know enough about how to do this; or (3) should think about asking [trusted colleague] to observe you. What a great way to develop an action plan.

The chapter ends with Next Steps. I highlighted two comments here. First, the suggestion to select a few components at a time to focus on. Often, we become overwhelmed by change because we try to change too much at once. Give yourself permission to implement change gradually. Second, was this comment regarding seeking support: “these specialists can observe and coach you (not evaluate) and then can help you sharpen your focus and goals with constructive feedback.” Thankfully, coaching positions are becoming more common, but it’s been my experience that teachers don’t always feel comfortable welcoming coaches into their rooms. I think that’s partly because, traditionally, the only people coming into classrooms are administrators who are there to evaluate. The coach’s role is NOT one of evaluation. If you have a coach on your campus, welcome him/her into your classroom! In other words, hug a coach today. Ha ha.

Thanks again for participating in this book study!  I hope you’ll leave a comment about your experience with the book. 🙂

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