Posts tagged as: coaching

Instructional Coaching: an ‘Aha’ Moment about the Power of Questions

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, November 15th, 2019

I recently joined a 5K training group. There are people in the group who volunteer to serve as coaches to individuals who seek to move themselves from a sedentary lifestyle toward a more active one. In my role as a math coach, this was a great experience for me. It really got me thinking about…



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Coaching Corner: 3 Benefits of Asking Purposeful Questions

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, January 04th, 2019

An effective math coach possesses a multitude of skills, but the ability to ask purposeful, targeted questions is one of the most vital to the coaching process. As coaches, we want to allow teachers to reflect on their practice and on the impact they’re having on students, as well as to think about how they…



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Coaching: The Answer to the Implementation Dip

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, December 07th, 2018

Educators know what a good mathematics classroom looks like (see the Math Solutions Instructional Practices Inventory) and we want to provide this type of learning environment for every one of our students. Unfortunately, implementation of research-based instructional practices across all mathematics classrooms has proven challenging. This is due, in part, to a phenomenon known as…



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Coaching for Constructive Struggle

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, November 20th, 2018

In her book Faster Isn’t Smarter: Messages about Math, Teaching, and Learning in the 21st Century, Cathy Seeley talks about the importance of providing students with opportunities for constructive struggle through problem-solving experiences that are both engaging and challenging. As students engage in constructive struggle, they construct deep personal understanding of the mathematical ideas that…



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Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 3

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, August 13th, 2018

Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our “Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset” blog series. Below are two conversations between a teacher and a coach. How are they different? What might the teachers’ observations and explanations reveal about their mathematical mindsets? Conversation 1 Coach: You’ve been trying some new instructional practices…



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Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 2

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, July 24th, 2018

  “Math has always been difficult for me to understand. Word problems are the worst. Every time I see a word problem it scares me. I already know I won’t be able to solve it.” These are not the words of a student in elementary school or even high school. They were written by Kimberly,…



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Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 1

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, June 05th, 2018

There’s a lot of talk these days about the importance of mathematical mindset and its impact on student learning. In About Teaching Mathematics, Fourth Edition, Marilyn Burns identifies six dispositions that are important for students to develop in the math classroom: Interest to figure out solutions to problems Willingness to persevere when solutions are not…



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#MathCoachChat Recap: Questioning With a Purpose

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, August 31st, 2017

In Part 1 of our 3 part #MathCoachChat live Twitter series, we discussed how purposeful questions can maximize a coaching partnership, and how we can think about obstacles to a coaching relationship so we can focus our questioning.   We had a lively discussion with wonderful input from coaches and teachers alike. Here are a…



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Join Math Solutions for our August 2017 #MathCoachChat

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, August 22nd, 2017

Are you a coach looking for professional learning opportunities? Want to learn more about math coaching and expand your professional learning network? Join @Math_Solutions for our first #MathCoachChat on Wednesday, August 30th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. Mary Mitchell, Senior Instructional Designer, and Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist will lead a discussion on Questioning with a…



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Developing Math Coaching Expertise

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, March 24th, 2017

Over ten years ago I moved from being a classroom teacher into the role of being a math coach. My first assignment included two elementary schools, which meant I was supporting approximately 36 teachers. My only experiences with school leadership were through learning opportunities like participating in a large National Science Foundation grant to build…



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