From: Jan Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
Madeline Hunter, 1987
Thanks for all your efforts in providing the best mathematics
instruction possible for our kids.
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