1. Recommended reading, when you can find time:

    "Teaching Problems and the Problems of Teaching."

    It will help you develop an approach to teaching mathematics which is more similar to the approach you are currently using in teaching reading and writing.

    1. I feel like I used to do that. I used to do problem-solving, reflection, discourse. I used to start with real contexts. The problem I've run into is that I am now forced to teach lock-step style. It's not that I am a bad teacher, per se, but that I am forced to teach in a way that isn't best. Does that make sense?

    2. It's hard for me to imagine a system where teachers are forced to teach in lock-step style working.

      I was required to teach to a prescribed schedule when I worked in NYC. I ignored the schedule because I could see that it was going to be ineffective for my students. My assistant principal at the time would routinely indicate that "I was not on the pacing chart" but was happy with the instruction that was occurring, and so always rated me positively. I think if I'd had a different person supervising me, it might have been a different story.


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