I have previously written about my classes’ review lessons, in which a group of students presents each unit’s material in a 20-minute presentation the day before the unit test. These lessons have at times seemed quite effective (usually when the…

This post is a reflection on my strategies for instruction (Domain 3) for the American School Foundation of Monterrey Track 1 project. In the domain of instruction I have found natural strengths and weaknesses in my teaching. I have plenty of experience and skill in presenting and explaining a topic and I regularly model good mathematical practice through examples; on the other hand I could improve my strategies for checking for understanding and creating genuine participation via discussions.

Throughout the semester, I have had my students create review presentations for each unit. They present just before the unit test as a formative presentation, then again at the end of the unit as a summative presentation. This has among…

For our last quick unit of the semester, my Grade 9 geometry class had an Algebra Review unit. The idea is to return to the algebra concepts introduced in Grade 8 in preparation for Algebra II in next year. I…

I recently learned about the tool Socrative, and have started using it in my math classes as a closure activity (something quick at the end of class for students to summarize the lesson and give me quick feedback). I’ll give…

The following is the narrative, in draft form, of an entire lesson given to my Period 1 Math 9 class last week. The notes were taken by my admin supervisor as part of my observation process as a new teacher.…