Monthly Archives: May 2011

Are You Listening?

Do you listen to hear?  Or do you listen to speak? Cognitive Coaching suggests that in order to be effective leaders/teachers/role models/coaches we must listen to hear and not to speak. What is the difference? People who listen to speak … Continue reading

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What Our Students Want

The number of hours it takes to run three focus groups of students from Grade 4 – 12?  (3) The number of hours it takes to pour over the data in order to compile, analyze, and interpret the results? (2) … Continue reading

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PD now stands for “Passion Development”

Normally I just lurk around on #edchat.  There are hundreds of teachers that participate in the Twitter chat that takes place on Tuesday nights at 5:00pm MST.  But last Tuesday the conversation in the room was about alternative forms of … Continue reading

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Is Slave Lake a Write Off?

I used to say that my students shocked me with what they would come up with sometimes.  They don’t shock me anymore because I know they are just that good.  Now it’s just an expectation. Today they looked at the Slave … Continue reading

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The Power of a Question

I’ve been thinking a great deal lately about the types of questions I ask my students in class.  I’ve also been thinking about test questions vs. critical thinking questions.  And I’ve come to the conclusion that the only questions really … Continue reading

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Kaity Does Algebra

Kaity is my daughter.  She’s home from school today, with her teacher mom, because she’s sick.  This morning she slept on the couch and felt pretty crummy but by the afternoon she was doing much better so I figured it was … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking 202: Setting Criteria

Criteria is important.  It sets the rules for how we accomplish everything.  And if we operate under different sets of criteria, we wind up with the following situation: They are using different criteria for how you add, multiply and divide!  Of … Continue reading

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How Math Statistics Affect Politics: Teaching in Real Time

Our middle school kids are voting on a year end field trip.  For my Grade 8’s it’s their last field trip in middle school ever, so this is important to them.  Their choices?  Go to Calaway Park or go to … Continue reading

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Obama’s Speech: A Grade 8 Perspective

Most of my students were only about  3 or 4 when 9/11 happened.  Yet many of them still have memories from that day.  They talked about mom and dad turning off the TV when the towers were on fire or … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking 101: Setting the Question

If you want to get me talking for hours, ask me about critical thinking in the classroom. Before I begin this blog I have to give full credit to the Critical Thinking Consortium and specifically to Sharon Lampard for all my … Continue reading

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