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From: Jan Robinson (jrobinso@d21.k12.il.us)
Date: Fri Nov 17 2000 - 14:07:19 EST

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    To Romeo and all,

    So nice to hear from you. Hope you are continuing to inspire your
    children. Had a great class today with 55 seventh graders. Did the lesson
    on graphing "Flips" from the proportionality shows. Lots of interaction,
    but still some kids not engaged. More and more I see that we must get
    students to see that they are responsible for their own growth and
    learning. They are not hurting us by not trying. But yet we must be
    responsible to get inside their heads and ask, "Am I providing an activity
    that is mathematically rich, interesting, and worthwhile?" I'll probably
    have to sleep on this lesson for awhile before I figure out what I could
    have done differently.

    Keep loving what you do and definitely keep in touch.

    Jan

    >Hey Jan
    >
    >This is very inspiring and true. I had a discussion with a teacher who has
    >been teaching for several years and who was resistant to looping as she
    >would have to change her plans that she developed for her seventh grade
    >class. I truly agree with you if you are not feeling a little uncomfortable
    >and unsure that means your'e doing the samel old same old and no learning
    >is occurring. Thanks for the encouraging words. I hope everything is well
    >with you.
    >
    >Romeo Cochrane.
    >
    >P.S. I saw Corninthia(from Rochester New York) at a conference in Atlanta.
    >I remembered her from your Missing Link conferences in Washington.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >----- Original Message -----
    >From: Jan Robinson <jrobinso@d21.k12.il.us>
    >To: <Teacher-Talkmissinglink@learner.org>
    >Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2000 1:55 PM
    >Subject: [Teacher-Talkmissinglink] It's not over.
    >
    >
    >> 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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    Jan Robinson
    School District 21
    999 W. Dundee Rd.
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (847) 520-2743
    Fax: (847) 520-2710

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