Bridges Blog Archive for Differentiation

How to Create a Culture of Math Risk-Takers

How to Create a Culture of Math Risk-Takers I teach at an IB World school where we focus on certain Learner Profile Attributes. Basically, these are character traits we would like our students to embody. This month our school is focusing on the attribute of risk-taking. I explain this to my first graders as being willing to try something new even if there’s a chance of failure.

Challenging Ideas About Challenging Students

Challenging Ideas About Challenging StudentsDifferentiation is something teachers consider all the time, and that’s certainly the case for me this year. I believe the most meaningful challenges come from the students themselves. One that recently emerged in my classroom is WHY the “9s trick” works.

How to Challenge Your Students in the Moment

How to Challenge Your Students in the MomentWe all have those kids who just come to us as “naturals.” You know, the students who just seem to acquire learning without prompting or much instruction. Often, they enter kindergarten with incredible number sense already.

What Do You Notice?

I was recently at a Getting Started workshop where the leader brought up the base-ten area pieces on the document camera. She asked the teachers seated in the audience, “What do you notice?” 




Calendar Grid Observations

A few years ago I taught two math groups, back-to-back. In an effort to make use of every possible moment, I created a Calendar Grid Observations Sheet for the fourth grade students to work on as they arrive. Recently, I used it again with third graders.

When the Girls Get Loud

When the Girls Get LoudWhen I reflect on the overall pattern of my math lessons, I notice that instruction happens through my interaction with individuals and small groups, as well as through whole group presentations and accompanying class discussion. Knowing that, I worry that some students may be demanding and receiving more of my attention than others.

Exciting Misconceptions

Are you wondering how in the world a student’s misconception could stir enthusiasm in their teacher?

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