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From: Jan Robinson (jrobinso@d21.k12.il.us)
Date: Thu Nov 16 2000 - 13:55:15 EST

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    Hi to all,

    Wanted to take this opportunity to once again encourage all of you to
    keep moving toward excellence. Learning and growing is a process and
    its never-ending. Each time you try something new, take time to
    celebrate! Especially if it didn't work out the way you planned. I
    think I have improved the most trying to figure out why a particular
    lesson didn't work and what I could do differently to make it better.

    Remember in your planning that our lessons need to be orchestrated like
    a fine symphony. Picture the opening of class, imagine what you want
    your students to be doing and then design the launch to make it happen.
    What will the "explore" look like? How will your students be grouped
    and why those groupings? What will class sound like? Where do you see
    yourself and what will you be doing? Then when its time to process the
    lesson, who will be doing most of the talking? What's your role?
    What's the important mathematics that students should be walking away
    with? Did they get there? What happens next? Powerful lessons don't
    just happen, they take time, and have a clear objective. What I have
    just described is not easy, but it is worth it. Especially when you see
    your students discover an important idea for the first time.

    Finally, I would like to share a quote with you.

    "If you want to feel secure, do what you already know how to do. If you
    want to be a true professional and continue to grow. . . go to the
    cutting-edge of your competence, which means a temporary loss of
    security. So whenever you don't quite know what you're doing, know you
    are growing."

    Madeline Hunter, 1987

    Thanks for all your efforts in providing the best mathematics
    instruction possible for our kids.

    Jan Robinson

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