Be Genuinely Curious
When students enter our classroom, we ask them to be genuinely curious about the material they are learning each day: curious about numbers and their properties, about mathematical relationships, about why various patterns emerge, but do we, as teachers, bring that same curiosity to our classes? Through our own curiosities, we can gain a deeper understanding of our content and learn to follow the lead of our students in building productive, engaging and safe mathematical learning experiences. As teachers, if we are as genuinely curious about our work each day as we hope the students are about theirs, awesome things happen!
Call to Action
Start a personal math journal and record things you learn and/or curiosities you have around the content you are currently teaching. These curiosities can be your own or ones gained through observations of student talk and/or work. After two weeks of recording in the journal, share a moment(s) that inspired you to be be more curious and describe how it impacted the teaching and learning in your classroom through student work samples and descriptive text.
About the Speaker
Kristin is a Nationally Board certified, 5th grade math teacher at Richard A. Shields Elementary School in the Cape Henlopen School District in Lewes, Delaware. During her nineteen years in education, she has taught 5th – 8th grade math, as well as spent two years as a K-5 Math Specialist. She feels fortunate to be involved with Illustrative Mathematics and The Teaching Channel on projects around developing math tasks, facilitating professional development and blogging about these experiences. She is always excited to share her love of teaching at conferences such as NCTM, NCSM, ISTE, as well as on Twitter and her blog.
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