October 7th, 2011
I hope you all had a chance to check out all four blogs participating in this week’s Math Exchanges blog tour. The interviews with author Kassia Omohundro Wedekind were very interesting and in-depth and there were some really good comments and discussion.
Things kicked off on Monday at Catching Readers, hosted by Pat Johnson and Katie Keier. In their interview they asked Kassia how teachers can stay true to the idea of “teach the mathematician, not the math,” and not solely focus on what their pacing guides dictate. “I think we, as teachers, can make a powerful choice to teach responsively, even in the difficult time in which we teach,” said Kassia. “We can show the amazing true understanding that comes from teaching a child to construct understanding rather than memorize isolated facts and procedures. We can change how people view mathematics in their lives and in the world,”
You can read the full interview here for more inspiration!
At Our Camp Read-A-Lot, teacher and blogger Laura Komos asked Kassia about what changes she should expect to see as she begins to use math exchanges with her first graders. “I think one major shift you will see is in your first graders is how they view themselves, not just as do-ers of the work their teacher assigns them, but as mathematicians,” wrote Kassia. “In a math workshop kids feel ownership over their thinking and work. They feel a sense of pride when talking about the strategies they used to solve problems. They take on challenges and see themselves doing the real, authentic work of mathematicians.”
Laura’s full interview with Kassia is here.
For Cathy Mere at Reflect and Refine, Kassia’s book was the “right book at the right time.” At the beginning of their conversation, Kassia describes how her math workshop changed when she started to focus on “teaching the mathematician.” You can find their interview here.
At Elementary, My Dear, teacher Jenny Orr and Kassia address the very important question of how to be the first or only teacher to use math exchanges in a school. “Start small. Start simly,” advises Kassia. Read the rest of her advice here.
P.S. A note about our giveaway: Each blogger will pick one commenter as the winner of a free Stenhouse blog. You will be contacted by the blogger with details if you are the winner!
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