Last weekend, I confirmed the resource I was using for my math instruction was falling short. My Slice of Life this week shared when I confirmed what my gut was starting to feel. I left that post indicating I needed to shop around but before you shop around you really should understand what you need and what you have. I've had nine weeks to get to know my students, I know what I have. I know I have a plethora of resources that promote problem solving, application of math knowledge, and promote mathematical practices. What I didn't understand completely was/is the Common Core Mathematical Standards. Today I had a 3.5 hour lunch with a wise friend who is retired, consulting and understands mathematics. She not only understands mathematics, she understands how the teaching of mathematics to achieve rigor and center mathematics in the mathematical practices with it being student centered. Taking the time to understand requires time and hard thinking. Taking the time to understand is going to change my instruction, my students daily work and create mathematicians. I'm so excited about taking the time to understand, I can't wait for Monday!
Thank you Ruth, for supporting us in finding the positive in our busy lives.