Michelle Russell’s first try at giving a group math test – with students self selecting into groups of four – will add a new tool to her practice. She reports on how her students responded, what they achieved, and how she and the students evaluated the experience.
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The link between teacher-student relationships and achievement is getting lots of press. Michelle Russell agrees her math students thrive when they find her likeable. How to up her likeability quotient? Attending to student concerns, not just pacing directives, to start.
Recently for the first time 10-year veteran Michelle Russell gave students extra credit for an optional assignment. It worked! And helped her realize she needed to examine other classroom practices to see if they had merit or were just old habits that needed rethinking.
Michelle Russell wants students to leave her class with more math confidence, not defeated and thinking “it’s just too hard.” She shares plans to implement spiraling, expand test retakes, share her own stories of struggle, and concentrate more on prerequisite knowledge.
Michelle Russell is always looking for new resources for her math classes. But before she spends time incorporating new tools, she wants to know what the resources can do. Here she shares what she and her students think of two online math platforms – IXL and Delta Math.
Many teachers use Twitter to some degree. But there may be some who feel like Michelle Russell did a few years ago: she just wasn’t interested. Eventually she gave it a try and was hooked almost immediately. Here are five reasons she thinks all math teachers can benefit.
When students entered Michelle Russell’s classes for the first time during an extra-busy start of school, she saw it was time to focus on priorities: engagement, community building, classroom management, and sparking some excitement about math. Here’s what she did.
One reason math educator Michelle Russell loves being a teacher is because every year she gets “a reset.” After a summer spent in part reflecting, she’s set two goals for fall: improving communications with families and helping kids focus on the positive every day.
Michelle Russell has worked to combat students’ negative attitudes toward math, but she had never considered how their attitudes might be affecting her effectiveness as a teacher. It’s been a tough year, but Russell has begun to find some ways to restore her enthusiasm.
Michelle Russell is looking for ways to help her math students retain core concepts as new learning occurs through the year. She found some help in Peter Brown’s popular memory book Make It Stick. Here she describes how she’s used the technique of “spaced practice.”