Coaching to Make Shifts in Foundational Mathematics
Math Coach for the Early Math Collaborative, Chicago, IL - July 11, 2014
Coaching ten teachers in two different schools, working with 11 other coaches, sometimes including sharing grade level meetings and PD workshops, once a month coaching meetings with extremely smart people who know so much about foundational mathematics, and having the chance to mentor teachers to help improve their math teaching practices was was such a great job! I was fortunate to be a part of the highly respected Early Math Collaborative and learned so much! My passion for teaching math to teachers and students will stay with me. So much of what I learned went into the textbook I recently wrote. I had some teachers who jumped on board and made lots of shifts in their practices. I also had resistant teachers who didn't care enough about their students to accept coaching. I became friends with my teachers and always felt comfortable in their classrooms. The students became excited about math!