Testimonies

Testimonies

“I just wanted to give you a little feedback to share with you how I feel MSP math has enhanced my teaching as well as increased student learning. First of all, I was a lucky participant in the 2 year MSP math. When we found out that we were able to participate for a second year we were all very excited. The first year was awesome and definitely gave me many new tools to enhance my teaching…for better student learning. There are many things I could talk about but I will just name a few. First of all, my students don’t always have to have the right answer. They are very excited about this but as we know, they eventually do get the right answer and figure it out themselves. That’s another thing…I don’t tell them the answers. They have learned to be independent thinkers and are very good at logical reasoning. They work very well together in groups and are very good at explaining their answers. They can answer the “why” and not just give an answer. I think the second year of MSP really gave us a boost to continue to use the tools we had already learned. Since we had already gone through the first year together we were able to share and discuss things that really work and help each other.  ” read more…  Brenda MSP  (Teacher of grades 6-8)

“… I no longer see math as something that is difficult to learn or something that is hard to teach. When I approach a new math topic with my kindergarten students I now take my cues from the students for what to teach and how to keep the topic relevant. I no longer rely solely on the teacher’s guide and teacher notes to teach each lesson. Instead, I look at each lesson with an eye for what kind of experiences and exploration the students can engage in within a particular topic. I am more willing to let the students’ learning come from the students themselves. My students and I don’t view math as something that happens only during a particular timeframe each day. Instead, math is blended into everything we do during the day. “  read more…  Tina Crane  (Teacher of grades K-2)

“When I look back to when I first began my teaching career, I realize now that my methods were more one dimensional than I believe they are today. After taking your workshops, my teaching practices have evolved into more of a three dimensional thinking process, with a holistic approach, when preparing my students for third grade. I incorporate the language, literature, technology, problem solving skills and wrap it up to show my students how it overflows into the other subjects. It is a work in progress, but your process makes learning about math more interesting and exciting. Let me share a few examples of the teaching practices that have changed in my classroom. First, I am listening more to my students’ thinking before adding my input. Second, I enforce the correct vocabulary terms with my students. Third, I have my students verify their work and own it. Fourth, when applicable, I introduce a lesson or topic with a problem-solving question. We think about it and then post the question on the math bulletin board. We revisit the question when the students gain confidence to solve it. This process has made me more relaxed which has transferred onto my students. ” read more… Nicole DV  (Teacher of grades K-2)

“… Taking the Science MSP for the last three years and the first part of the Math MSP last year has helped me move to more inquiry based experiences and giving the students more control of their learning. I’ve experienced the lights coming on in my students as they also learn to ask questions, try it, and take a more active role in their thinking and learning. I want that deeper thinking and understanding in my classroom.” read more… Lisa Clemson (Teacher of grades 6-8)

“… Taking the Science MSP for the last three years and the first part of the Math MSP last year has helped me move to more inquiry based experiences and giving the students more control of their learning. I’ve experienced the lights coming on in my students as they also learn to ask questions, try it, and take a more active role in their thinking and learning. I want that deeper thinking and understanding in my classroom.” read more… Letter of District Gains (Cottonwood-Oak Creek)

“…Every lesson that follows, I try and add a new change that I have learned in MSP. I dig out my manipulatives, research and get my hands on our district “Investigations in Math” materials that I never knew existed. I’ve joined fellow teachers in creating a new protocol for teaching math which defines and demands specific areas of student accountability, and teacher accountability. My homework assignments are problem solving activities that incorporate multiple state standards, generate deep, conceptual meaning, and provoke thought processes that render the old work sheets as nothing more than busy work. read more… Carrie Journal (Teacher of grades 2-5)

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