Welcome to the Becoming Math Online Book Study

28 Sep 2017 4:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Please take a moment to introduce yourself to the group.

  • Where do you work?
  • What education level or group do you work with?
  • What is your greatest hope for this book study?
  • What is your biggest fear about this book study?

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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:07 PM | Anonymous member
    I am working as Math Field Coach for UMF - I get to go into classrooms in the southern part of the state and work with math coaches and classroom teachers. I'm also teaching a methods class at USM and n undergrad math class in Brunswick for SMCC. My greatest hope for the book study is the collaboration time with other people reading the book and sharing ideas and strategies. My biggest fear - not sure I have one, maybe that I don't stay caught up with the reading or that I read too fast and miss something.
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    • 03 Oct 2017 6:17 PM | Anonymous member
      I just learned that there is a math coaching program at UMF and I'm very interested! I'm hoping that my career trajectory sends me in that direction.
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    • 19 Oct 2017 5:58 PM | Anonymous member
      Hi Jenny! Looking forward to working with you in another capacity!
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    I am a middle school mathematics teacher at Falmouth Middle School.

    My greatest hope is that I will continue learning new ideas about mathematics teaching from all of the folks in this book study. I have been enjoying Tracy's book and am looking forward to the structure of doing some thinking and talking about the book with colleagues all over the state. I know that this interaction will help me to become a better math teacher.

    My biggest fear is that I won't be able to keep up. Teaching is busy, but I'm making this a priority in my time for the next few months.
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    • 19 Oct 2017 5:57 PM | Anonymous member
      Hi Shawn!
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    • 19 Oct 2017 5:59 PM | Anonymous member
      HI Shawn
      I'm at the Mt Ararat meeting tonight 10/19, so I missed all of you in SoPo. I am still doing your puzzles from the NY math meeting.
      Thanks again.
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:07 PM | Anonymous member
    I work at Skillin Elementary in South Portland
    I teach 2nd grade
    My hope is to better my practices in math teaching.
    My biggest fear is posting in forums.
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:09 PM | Anonymous member
    MSAD 51
    4th Grade Math, Science, and Social Studies Teacher
    Hope: To engage my math students more, make them feel excited to learn math, and recognize themselves as mathematicians
    Fear: That any changes I need to make to my math instruction may require a lot of work and planning.
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:09 PM | Anonymous member
    Hi there!

    My name is Priya and I teach 10th graders at Casco Bay High School in Portland.
    I teach three sections of Algebra I/II and one of Precalculus. I also teach Calculus A
    At USM every spring.

    I am hopeful to gain some new activities from the book that I can use. I’ve been
    Teaching for 20 years and I don’t want to get too comfortable. This book appears
    To be an efficient way to survey current best practices rather than reading multiple
    Books.

    Biggest fear: too many ideas! How to choose?
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    • 03 Oct 2017 6:18 PM | Anonymous member
      Love that..."I don't want to get too comfortable."

      As for choosing, I hope you'll try the ones that speak to you most! Please don't feel pressure to try them all. It's totally great to pick and choose!
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    • 31 Oct 2017 2:45 PM | Anonymous member
      Hi Priya! So glad to see you here!
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:09 PM | Anonymous member
    Hi!

    I'm Jay Harrington. I'm the Math Lead Teacher at Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth, ME.
    My position is roughly 1/2 Math Coach, 1/2 RTI Specialist, so I get to work with kids and teachers in grades 5-8.
    My greatest hope is that I can have ideas to bring back and share with my math teachers, possibly getting a school-level book group going in tandem with this event.
    My greatest fear is keeping up with the reading!
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    • 21 Oct 2017 12:32 PM | Anonymous member
      Hi, Jay.
      ATOMIM has created the ability for out-of-state folks like me to participate, too.
      Glad you are on-board.

      Maggie Griswold
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:09 PM | Anonymous member
    Hello!

    I am Amanda Vickerson, a special education teacher at Baxter Academy for Technology & Science in Portland, Maine. We are a public charter high school geared towards STEM education.

    I hope to learn ways to strengthen my own grasp on math. At an innovative STEM school, I often feel overwhelmed by the curriculum. It's so different than the way I've experienced math.

    I am most worried that I will be way behind my peers in my overall knowledge of math. I've never been a math teacher!
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:11 PM | Anonymous member
    Loranger Memorial School Old Orchard Beach
    Grade 8
    I hope to get ideas for ways to engage students in mathematical thinking.
    I am afraid that I will struggle to find the time to commit to trying all the amazing ideas I am hoping to discover!
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    I work in Saco as a grade 4 teacher.
    My hope is that my kids will ❤️ being in our room for math, and learn high levels of math at the same time.
    My greatest fear is that I will get overwhelmed, between this and other pursuits simultaneously.
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:12 PM | Anonymous member
    Loranger Memorial School
    3-8
    To gain strategies for helping coach math teachers 3-5 or gain the momentum to get K-5 teachers on board with a book study in district.
    That I'll find I wasn't doing a great job teaching math when I was in the classroom.
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    • 03 Oct 2017 6:21 PM | Anonymous member
      Such a brave fear to write down. At the end of chapter 5, you'll see I wrote about things I did when I was in the classroom that I wish I hadn't done. We are ALL on this journey together, trying to get better.

      Thank you for being here.
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:12 PM | Anonymous member
    MSAD 51, Greely Middle School 4-5 Cumberland

    I teach 4th grade, math, science and social studies

    I hope that I can incorporate all these great ideas from the book into my teaching and that I can hear what and how others are doing in their classes.

    My fear is that I will get too far behind in pacing and will be "yelled at."
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    • 03 Oct 2017 6:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
      Great to meet you in person. Always fun to meet someone I've met on twitter!
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:13 PM | Anonymous member
    I work in Saco at the 3-5 building as a Math Instructional Coach. I am really hoping to fill my toolkit with effective instructional strategies that can be practically implemented into any classroom regardless of programs used. I fear that the book will be theoretical and not practical.
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    • 19 Oct 2017 5:55 PM | Anonymous member
      Hi Carrie! Looking forward to working with you online once again! Brings back memories of our time in MMCP!
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:14 PM | Anonymous member
    Hello Everyone,

    I am a 5th teacher in the South Portland at Small Elementary School which is located not far from Scratch Bakery and their marvelous bagels--a local landmark.
    This is my first year teaching grade 5 after teaching grade 4 forever. I am enjoying the older children and the more rigorous curriculum.
    My biggest hope for this book study is to continue learning about how to be a motivating and engaging math teacher. After giving my students a "get-to -know you" survey early on this year, I was dismayed to learn how many have negative feelings about math. Ouch....this needs to be remedied.
    My biggest fear is not knowing enough math myself, and whether I can come up with strategies to make it accessible for all my students. And....this year, my class has students at both ends of the learning continuum--not many in the middle. I want to be able to meet their needs and make them excited about being mathematicians.
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:14 PM | Anonymous member
    I’m a 3-5 math interventionist at CK Burns School in Saco. My greatest hope is to think more deeply about how I teach and share my “better teaching” with my students. My biggest fear is being able to articulate my thoughts clearly when I post 🤗
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:15 PM | Anonymous member
    I work at Kaler Elementary in South Portland. I spend a considerable amount of my day working with RTI Tier 3 math groups in grades 3-5. I hope to learn both from the book and the dedicated math educators participating in the forum. My greatest fear is being able to stay on track with the course demands.
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:15 PM | Anonymous member
    Hi! I'm Lori Gaudreau. I teach 6th grade math in RSU23 (Old Orchard Beach). This is just my 2nd year teaching math but my 30th year of teaching, so I feel like a new teacher all over again.

    Through this book study, I'm looking forward to learning from fellow teachers who work in a variety of school settings and gaining strategies to use with my students to make math more accessible for everyone. I am excited about the chance to work with other members of my school district to affect change in math education across our district.

    I don't really have a fear about this book study... I'm excited to have the chance to discuss it with other like minded teachers!
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:15 PM | Anonymous member
    Hi Everyone -

    I am a 6th grade math and science teacher at Memorial Middle School in SoPo

    My greatest hope for this book study is to help students appreciate or love math as much as I do. I always tell the story about how I told my husband I would never teach middle school and I would never teach math and yet 16 years later, I love my job every day! I want my students to realize that if they change their mindset, anything is possible and I want to engage them in activities that will make them remember math class.

    My biggest fear is being able to keep up with the reading as I decided to challenge myself this year and take my first college graduate course in over 14 years. So I have to balance my classwork, along with school work, and home life which includes a great 9 year old boy and my hubby.
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    • 03 Oct 2017 6:47 PM | Anonymous member
      I always said that math was the one subject that I never wanted to teach... and in year 2, I'm already loving it! :)
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    • 21 Oct 2017 12:34 PM | Anonymous member
      Hi Kara,
      I will be in the book-study, too, in an online capacity.

      So glad to see your name. One more way for me to converse with you.

      Maggie Griswold
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      • 05 Nov 2017 5:13 PM | Anonymous member
        Yay Maggie! So glad we can discuss the book as well. So excited to read it!!
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:16 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a special education teacher at Baxter Academy for Science and Technology, a charter school in Portland.

    My greatest hope for this book study is that I will become more comfortable with teaching math! I often need to reteach concepts or find other ways to explain concepts to the students I work with. I would love to increase my skills!

    My fear is how busy life is - keeping up with the reading and making the time to implement strategies as I learn about them will be a challenge!
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:16 PM | Anonymous member
    I am in my 6th year working in the South Portland School District with gifted and talented math students grades 3-8.
    My greatest hope for this book group is to gain more hands on problem-based lessons and activities that will challenge my students.
    My biggest fear is dealing with the online interface of the book group as my preference is to work with colleagues face to face.
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:16 PM | Anonymous member
    Hi All, I teach Pre-K at Skillin Elementary School in South Portland. I am very excited to read this book and hope to learn new ways of creating wonderful math experiences for my students. For many years literacy has been considered the best predictor for school readiness. We now know that math ( in the early years) plays a much greater part in children's ability to be successful in school. My biggest fear is keeping up with readings (and participating in forums).
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:18 PM | Anonymous member
    I'm working as a PreK-12 STEM Coordinator in the South Portland School Department. This year I have a focus on elementary math, but am still working to support middle and high school math teachers as well as all science/engineering teachers.

    My hope for the book study is to get some good ideas for things to talk about with the teachers and coaches I work with, all with the goal of helping more students love math. My fear is that I will get too busy and fall behind in the book study; I'm going to try my hardest!
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  • 03 Oct 2017 6:18 PM | Anonymous member
    I work at Baxter Academy for Technology and Science in Portland, Maine as a Special Education Teacher, working with grades 9 through 12. My greatest hope for this book study is for me to be able to refresh my math skills so I will be able to help my students more than I currently am able to. My biggest fear is that I may not keep up with the class content.
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  • 05 Oct 2017 5:43 PM | Anonymous member
    I'm in my second year of teaching at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill. I teach primarily sophomores and juniors with the occasional freshman and senior thrown in.

    I'm hopeful that I'll learn techniques that are applicable to high school classrooms.

    I'm not really afraid of anything, but it will be important to me that I feel like my time investment paid off.
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    • 18 Oct 2017 8:25 AM | Anonymous member
      Hey, Andy!

      Are you the one who was in Gail's class with me a zillion years ago?

      If so, good to see you again!
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  • 05 Oct 2017 5:43 PM | Anonymous member
    I'm a 2nd Grade teacher at Trenton Elementary School in Trenton. I'm hoping this book study will give me some strategies I can use with my students and help me become the math teacher I've always wanted to be. :)
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  • 05 Oct 2017 5:45 PM | Anonymous member
    I teach second grade at the Peninsula School in Prospect Harbor. I look forward to becoming the math teacher I wish that I had. I have actually had several great math teachers.

    We are using Math in Focus for the first time this year. It is time consuming. I want to be sure to keep up with reading assignments.
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  • 05 Oct 2017 5:45 PM | Anonymous member
    Hi I am Linda and I am working at Trenton Elementary School (outside of Bar Harbor) as a math coach/interventionist. My school is k-8 and I work with teachers and students on all grade levels. My biggest hope is to gain some resources to use with my students and teachers. My biggest fear???? I am not sure at this point...technology is kinda a pain at home but I am working on that!
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  • 05 Oct 2017 5:47 PM | Anonymous member
    I'm the GT specialist at Conners Emerson School in Bar harbor. Within that position, my work as a math teacher ranges from "Thinking Skills" with grade 1 students (in which I teach both a math problem solving unit and a geometry unit), to teaching high school geometry to grade 8 students. My other responsibilities vary year to year depending on student needs.

    My greatest hope for this book study is that I'll get some tips on being a better math teacher either from the book or from the others participating in the book study.

    My greatest fear is that it will not be work my time....a highly unlikely outcome.
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  • 05 Oct 2017 5:47 PM | Anonymous member
    I work as a K-2 Math Interventionist at the Conners Emerson School in Bar Harbor. My position seems to be morphing into a bit of a coaching role for the K-4 teachers at my school. My hope is that this book study offers practical ways to work with teachers and help them implement a workshop model into math classrooms where math is differentiated and accessible to students of all levels. My biggest fear is always that I fall behind on the readings!
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  • 06 Oct 2017 11:31 AM | Anonymous member
    I teach 3rd Grade in the Mount Desert Island district.
    New techniques and ideas to add to my Math Menu.
    No fears.
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  • 15 Oct 2017 11:47 AM | Anonymous member
    I am Peggy Brown. I am the Math Teacher Leader at Mt. Ararat Middle School in Topsham, grades 6-8. I am always looking for ways to improve my practice by learning from others and that's what I hope for here. My biggest fear (always!) is that I will not have enough time to devote to this.
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  • 16 Oct 2017 5:54 PM | Anonymous member
    I teach 7th and 8th grade math at Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland.
    My greatest hope is to get some ideas and strategies that I can bring back to my classroom to engage my students in math and mathematical thinking
    My biggest fear is that I will get overwhelmed with the material and not effectively implement activities.
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  • 16 Oct 2017 5:54 PM | Anonymous member
    I work at Thomas J McMahon Elementary, one of 6 elementary schools in Lewiston. I work with teachers and students from pre-k to grade 6. My greatest hope for this book study is that i will take away ideas to help other teachers to overcome their fear of teaching mathematics. My hope is that teachers will follow their instincts and listen to students and encourage students to try and work at challenging themselves.

    My biggest fear is not having enough time to read and write all the posts. I work with regular ed, special ed, ELL, Day Treatment and Contained classroom teachers which means over 50 teachers.
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    • 21 Oct 2017 12:38 PM | Anonymous member
      Hi Deborah,
      So glad to see you in this book study. I miss conversing with you on a regular basis and now I can.
      ATOMIM set up the capacity for out-of-state folks to come into the study online.

      Maggie Griswold
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  • 16 Oct 2017 5:56 PM | Anonymous member
    I work at Readfield Elementary School teaching third grade. My hope for this book study is to collaborate with other math professionals and in turn bring best practice into my classroom. I enjoy teaching and learning with my students and I am excited to bring new ideas back to them. I don't feel fearful at this time
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  • 16 Oct 2017 5:57 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a 5th grade teacher at Readfield Elementary School. I am hopeful to continue my learning to better my students. Some of our 3rd-5th grade teachers are using Tracy's book for professional development during staff meetings and I am curious to see how our ideas connect with teachers in other places. I am nervous to keep up with posting and reading.
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  • 16 Oct 2017 5:57 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a PreK-12 Instructional Coach for RSU#2 and "lean mathematics". I work in all 10 schools in our district. However, I have been focused mostly on elementary and middle-level mathematics instruction. As a district, we are focused on changing our structure from program to a 60:40 Numeracy Workshop. My hope for this book study is to move this work forward. My biggest fear is that I am not going to be able to provide the teachers that I work with the enthusiasm to change their practice toward this more open, task-driven, discussion-based learning environments for our students.
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  • 16 Oct 2017 5:58 PM | Anonymous member
    I work as the elementary math specialist at the Department of Education after having worked for non-profit professional learning organizations and as a mathematics teacher. My hope for this experience is to gain additional insights about learning and teaching mathematics. My biggest fear is having to respond in writing as it is definitely not my favorite mode of communication!
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  • 17 Oct 2017 9:41 AM | Anonymous member
    I work at Winslow High School. I teach 9-12, I teach functional math (special education), pre-algebra (everyday for 74 minutes), Algebra (everyday for 74 minutes), and college algebra (concurrant enrollment with KVCC).
    I would like to share ideas with other math teachers, see what they are using and doing in their classrooms. I fear that I will not be able to keep up with the reading.
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  • 17 Oct 2017 5:29 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a K-12 math coach in the Maranacook School District. I am really looking forward to connecting with folks from Maine. My fear is that there will be so many people in this book study, I won't really be able to connect with people. I am worried I won't be able to engage in deeper conversations, but I am going to try. I love this book and I am so excited to talk about it.
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    • 18 Oct 2017 8:29 AM | Anonymous member
      Hi, Sarah!

      Looking forward to exploring this book with you and making it all happen in my classroom!
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    • 19 Oct 2017 5:56 PM | Anonymous member
      Hi Sarah! Hopefully we can chat more about this at EdCampWME in February -- wouldn't that be an awesome way to wrap up this book study?! So glad to see you in here!
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  • 17 Oct 2017 5:30 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a middle school teacher at Maranacook Community Middle School, where we teach an integrated, multi-age curriculum, based on themes and questions generated by students. For most of our classes, we have mixed groups of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, while for math, it is *mostly* grade-level math. I am the 8th grade math teacher on our team, and this book aligns well with things I've done as a math teacher for many years. I am hoping that this will help me to improve the mathematical discourse in my classroom. My biggest fear is that in my busy life (like everyone else's), I will fall behind and not get the biggest benefit from participating in the group.
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  • 17 Oct 2017 5:31 PM | Anonymous member
    Hi,I’m Anna. I work at Stratton School as an ed tech. I am two Praxis tests away from certification. I like working with young elementary students in mathematics. I hope that is book study will deepen my understanding of mathematical practices that stray from the norm and really engage students. My biggest fear about this book study is that there will be no dessert.
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  • 17 Oct 2017 5:32 PM | Anonymous member
    I work in Phillips.
    I teach second grade.
    I hope to become a better math teacher.
    That I have to post in an on line forum.
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  • 17 Oct 2017 5:32 PM | Anonymous member
    I work at Msad58 in Maine.
    I work with SPED K-4
    My greatest hope is to learn new strategies for teaching math.
    My fear is staying on top of the reading and participating.
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  • 17 Oct 2017 5:34 PM | Anonymous member
    I am working at MSAD 58 in the Phillips Elementary School. I teach 1st grade. My greatest hope for this book study is to get some ideas that I can implement into my classroom to make my math instruction more engaging for my students. I want all of my students to enjoy math and become risk takers. My greatest fear is finding the time to stay caught up with the reading.
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  • 17 Oct 2017 5:34 PM | Anonymous member
    I work at Phillips Elementary School as the fourth grade teacher. My greatest hope for this book study is to become a better math teacher and encourage my students to enjoy math. My biggest fear is that I won't be able to keep up with the reading and responses.
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  • 17 Oct 2017 5:34 PM | Anonymous member
    I work at Stratton School in Stratton, Maine. We are a small Pre-K-8 school in the western mountains just 7 miles north of Sugarloaf. I teach middle school students which includes grade 5-8 at our small school with approximately 85 students.

    I hope to gain some inspiration and practical tips for enabling my students to become capable math practitioners. I want them to think deeply and critically and not be intimidated when the work gets tough.

    My fear is that I may not have as much time as I would like to devote to this discussion group.

    I look forward to reading your posts.
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    • 21 Oct 2017 12:39 PM | Anonymous member
      Hi Pearl,
      So glad to see your name in the book study.
      I can come into the study online.
      So glad we will have another way to converse.

      Maggie Griswold
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  • 17 Oct 2017 5:37 PM | Anonymous member
    Hi! I am a 6th grade teacher at Mill Stream Elementary School in Norridgewock, currently teaching all content areas. Learning new techniques and strategies to inspire my students to enjoy math and feel the joy of success that comes from understanding. My biggest fear about this book study is keeping the learning in perspective and not feel pressured by the reading.
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  • 17 Oct 2017 5:39 PM | Anonymous member
    I am Sheila Lecander. I teach second grade. I hope to learn new strategies and ways to engage students in learning math. I hope to teach them to love math and approach it with a growth mindset. I have learned to like math more over the years, but still feel nervous about "not getting it!"
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  • 17 Oct 2017 5:40 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a K-8 Title I Reading/Math Interventionist at Phillips Elementary School. My greatest hope for this study is to learn a lot of new strategies to better teach my students. My biggest fear is that I will struggle to keep up with the reading... it's amazing how things get super busy every week! Fingers crossed that my colleagues will keep me honest!
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  • 17 Oct 2017 5:45 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a Kindergarten teacher at the Phillips Elementary School. My greatest hope is the collaboration with my colleagues and others to share ideas and strategies to bring back to my classroom and to help us have common math language across grade levels. My biggest fear...well......not sure I have one yet but ask me again later ;)
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  • 17 Oct 2017 6:41 PM | Anonymous member
    I work for RSU12 at Whitefield Elementary School as the Math teacher for Grades 6-8 for the past 4 years - previous to that I work at the same school as the Librarian/Tech Lead for 16 years. I work on the Middle School Level Team Grades 5-8. I hope to learn new engaging ideas and strategies from others who have tried different things and learn from others on things that did not turn out so well or what they should have done differently to make the learning experience better. My big fear - that I don't take the time to read and then incorporate ideas into my classroom instruction and also to not post consistently.
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  • 17 Oct 2017 7:41 PM | Anonymous member
    I teach 4/5 at Wayne Elementary, which is part of the Maranacook district.

    I hope is to collaborate and learn with other professionals, and become a more reflective math learner and teacher.

    My fear is keeping up with the assignments and having time in my classroom to try strategies.
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    • 18 Oct 2017 8:40 AM | Anonymous member
      Hi!

      I'm excited to connect with others from the same district (and around the state)!
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  • 19 Oct 2017 5:52 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a special education teacher at Auburn Middle school and I teach 8th grade Math. My greatest hope is to learn creative ideas to help support my students learning as well as my own. I do not have any fears about the book, I am excited to be collaborating with others.
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    • 24 Oct 2017 9:05 AM | Anonymous member
      Hey, nice to meet you! Ha ha...

      It will be fun to read this together and chat about it! :)
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  • 19 Oct 2017 5:53 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a seventh grade math teacher at BJHS. My greatest hope for this book study is that it will help me to become more efficient at creating a differentiated environment for all learners. My biggest fear is that I will not stay up to date on the current reading because I will get distracted by the resources in a previous chapter, and get caught up in that.
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  • 19 Oct 2017 5:53 PM | Anonymous member
    HI,
    I teach third grade in Bowdoin at Bowdoin Central School. I'm looking forward to the book study to see alternative ways of thinking about math instruction. I hope to engage my students more and give them a more active, collaborative experience. My greatest fear is that I'll be so engrossed in following the district math program that I won't keep these math activities in mind and use them.
    Gayle
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  • 19 Oct 2017 5:53 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a math coach at Washburn School in Auburn. I work with students and teachers in grades preK-6.

    I began reading this book last summer and my greatest hope is to share my thoughts and hear the thoughts of others to help deepen my understanding.

    My biggest fear about this book study group is that I won't have enough time to share all my "take-aways" with my co-workers or I will try and overwhelm them. Hopefully through the discussions of this book study I will be able to learn ideas that will help me to avoid those fears.
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  • 19 Oct 2017 5:55 PM | Anonymous member
    I teach grades 9-12 at St. Dominic Academy in Auburn.

    My greatest hope for this book study is that I will be able to implement one new thing, however small it might be, each week in my classroom. I realize it's probably ambitious, but there are always little nuggets that take no effort except remembering to try them!

    My greatest fear? I fall behind and find this becoming a burden instead of a pleasure. I've been wanting to read this book since before it came out, so I can't imagine reading it will be burdensome. I'm worried that keeping up with the chats in a timely manner might get the best of me. I'm saying a little prayer and crossing my fingers for email reminders that say STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND SUBMIT, YOU HAVE [x] HOURS LEFT! I respond well to both carrots and sticks as long as someone reminds me there's one of 'em coming my way!
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  • 19 Oct 2017 5:56 PM | Anonymous member
    I work at Greely High School which is Cumberland, North Yarmouth in the Portland area. I teach high school math, and this year I have freshman and seniors.

    My hope: I've already read the first two chapters, and already I have something new to do in my classroom re group norms and language. Already, this has been worth it; and now I am excited about what is to come.

    My fear: We are so overwhelmed with formative and summative assessments, forced grading percentages, and a proficiency-based diploma (graduation standards vs. course standards). I am already spending gobs of times on reassessments and RTI packets and I worry that it will be hard to make time for what we are going to be learning. YouCubed rope activity is a winner, and doable.
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    • 21 Oct 2017 12:41 PM | Anonymous member
      Esther,
      So glad to see your name in the book study. I have missed you since EDU 529 at Bath/Brunswick University Center.
      Finally a way to pick up our conversations.

      Maggie Griswold
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  • 19 Oct 2017 5:57 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a special education teacher on loan to the DOE for a math initiative. I coach and mentor mainly special education math teachers in Central Maine who are participating in this initiative. My biggest hope is to learn some practical strategies to share with the math teachers in this initiative. My biggest fear is that I don’t have a classroom to try these with.
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  • 19 Oct 2017 6:06 PM | Anonymous member
    I am currently teaching grade 8 RtI math at Brunswick Junior High. I want my students to love math as much as I do and need new ideas to bring learning to life. My fear is that I will get behind in the readings.
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  • 21 Oct 2017 12:44 PM | Anonymous member
    Hi I am Maggie Griswold. I am a co-teacher of the 4-graduate course, Mathematics Leadership Certificate Program at UMF.
    My greatest hope to have many experienced educators with who(m) to converse about mathematics knowledge for teaching.
    My greatest fear is the study will end all too soon.

    Maggie
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  • 24 Oct 2017 6:19 PM | Anonymous member
    I'm Kristi, a fifth grade teacher at Acton Elementary.
    My greatest hope is that I can inspire my students to LOVE math as much as I do!
    No fears; book study has always been a totally worthwhile :))
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  • 24 Oct 2017 6:19 PM | Anonymous member
    Hello All, I work at Acton Elementary, a Pre-K-8th grade school. I am a 3rd grade teacher in a 3-5 cohort. My greatest hope for this book study is to enhance my math teaching knowledge and skills. My biggest fear would be that I don't get to use all of the awesome ideas and activities I will discover in this book.
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  • 24 Oct 2017 6:20 PM | Anonymous member
    I work for Waterboro Elementary School, in RSU 57.
    I teach 5th grade.
    I hope I will learn some things I can do with my class to make math more fun.
    I will have too much going on and I won't be able to get all that I can out of this book/class.
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  • 24 Oct 2017 6:21 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a grade 4 teacher at C.K.Burns School in Saco. I hope to learn new strategies, activities and math language that will engage students and inspire the love for math and learning. My biggest fear is being overly excited about everything and want to try it all. I have to learn to pace myself and do only what I can in little steps.
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  • 24 Oct 2017 6:22 PM | Anonymous member
    Hi. I am currently working in an 8 th grade special ed math class @ Massabesic Middle School. My greatest hope is to add new strategies to my tool box and to engage my students in finding, using and enjoying math!!!! My biggest fear is NOT becoming the math teacher I know my students need.
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  • 24 Oct 2017 6:22 PM | Anonymous member
    Hi All!

    I teach fifth grade in Sanford! I work with about 8 math teachers in my district on ERDs once a month. I'm looking forward to connecting with other math educators and learning new activities to bring into my classroom. My biggest fear is remembering to post on a timely manner!
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  • 24 Oct 2017 6:23 PM | Anonymous member
    Hi, I am Sylvia Emery. I teach Kindergarten at Acton Elementary School, Acton, Maine. I hope to learn about more ways to make math exciting for my students and to stretch their thinking. I am concerned about having the time to commit to the class.
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  • 24 Oct 2017 6:24 PM | Anonymous member
    I work in MSAD55, the Sacopee Valley School District. I am currently the seventh grade math teacher teaching 3 classes of 7th grade math, one pre algebra class, and an RtI class. My biggest hope for this book is to make my math classes more engaging for students, to give me more knowledge on how to incorporate more hands on activities into our current curriculum, and to possibly develop different routines in the classroom that work with our current curriculum. My biggest fear is becoming overwhelmed with so many great ideas. I want to work on not trying to do to much at one time.
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  • 24 Oct 2017 6:30 PM | Anonymous member
    I work at Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro, NH and work with students in grades 9-12. Greatest hope is to develop a plethora of methods to offer students to explore as they discover math concepts. Worst fear is dying before this course ends! Not planning on it though!
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  • 25 Oct 2017 6:16 PM | Anonymous member
    I work at Nokomis Regional High teaching students grades 9-11. My greatest hope for this book study is to find some new instructional strategies and be able to share with other teachers. My biggest fear is that I won't be able to keep up with the reading. I have several different things that I am involved with, and it is hard to find time.
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  • 25 Oct 2017 6:16 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a math teacher at Foxcroft Academy. I teach math to high school students, ranging from Algebra 1 through Honors Precalculus. This is my sixth year at FA. Prior to this, I taught at Skowhegan at the high school and middle school levels. I taught special ed with a focus on math. My hope is to find ways to further engage and excite my students about math. My biggest fear is that, after a very cursory scan through the book, that the strategies and activities suggested are more suited to elementary and middle school students. One of the biggest challenges about teaching high school math is that there is so much curriculum to get through that we don't have time to slow down, reflect, and really explore any single topic. Virtually every high school math teacher I know feels the same way, and I am struggling with this aspect of teaching high school.
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  • 25 Oct 2017 6:17 PM | Anonymous member
    Hello! I work at Wagner Middle School where I teach 6th grade math. This is my first year teaching 6th grade math as I had previously taught 8th grade. All's well so far! When I think about what I hope for with this book study is to have conversations about math - how is it working for you - what are your challenges and what worked - I believe it's a never ending journey (much like the children's book regarding infinity!) when it comes to teaching - students are changing quicker than anything and we need to have support and assistance from each other. The biggest fear I have in this book study is keeping up - already taking a class and a recent PD come to find out has homework attached to it!!!! So, for me, just keeping up with things. Look forward to working with all of you!
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  • 25 Oct 2017 6:17 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a 6th grade teacher in Brewer at Brewer Community School.
    My greatest hope for this book study is to connect with others and to help create a math curriculum that is more dynamic than what the students are currently used to. I am also excited to learn from others and grow my PLN.
    My biggest fear is like many of the others - scheduling in time for everything and making sure to keep up.
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  • 25 Oct 2017 6:20 PM | Anonymous member
    I work at Lee Academy, I work with high school students grades 9-13. I hope to learn new ideas to help with my current instruction methods. My biggest fear is forgetting to post in the forums because I am forgetful and I get caught up in the busywork that goes with teaching.
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  • 25 Oct 2017 6:20 PM | Anonymous member
    I'm Morgan,
    I work as a K-12 math specialist (coach/interventionist) in Skowhegan. I begin my Mondays with Kindergarteners, focusing on one-to-one matching, and by Wednesday, I'm working with high school Algebra learners on finding solution sets for inequalities. Throughout the week, I work with just about everything in between. My hope for this book study is to learn ways to help teachers create environments that foster a love of mathematics, helping students understand that mathematics extends beyond that mathematics classroom. I worry about finding time to fully engage. I am in a new position, taking a course at UMF, in the Mathematics Leadership program, and I'm on a variety of committees in my district. Time is limited, but I'm hoping this is will provide a good excuse to relax and read at night.
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  • 25 Oct 2017 6:23 PM | Anonymous member
    I work at Nokomis Regional High School. I work with 10th and 11th graders. I hope to acquire more teaching practices that will make Geometry more intuitive for students and will get them excited about learning. My biggest fear is not getting the reading done and not having anything to contribute.
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    • 28 Oct 2017 1:09 PM | Anonymous member
      Renee,
      Great to be able to reconnect through this Book Study.

      Maggie
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  • 25 Oct 2017 6:23 PM | Anonymous member
    As a third grade teacher for RSU 19 I work with 20 eight year olds every day at Somerset Middle School in Hartland Maine. It is my hope that participating in this class will deepen my mathematical insight and increase my enthusiasm for mathematics. My greatest fear falls within sharing my thinking but I will try to be brave.
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  • 25 Oct 2017 6:24 PM | Anonymous member
    Hi! I am Danielle McDonough and I teach 8th grade math at Brewer Community School. I have 4 classes of pre-algebra and 1 class of Algebra 1. My greatest hope for this book study is to find new ways to engage students in class and be able to collaborate with other math teachers. My biggest fear is keeping up with the reading and postings in the forum.
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  • 25 Oct 2017 6:24 PM | Anonymous member
    I teach mostly Algebra I at Brewer High School. I hope to learn new strategies to engage kids and then to actually do it! I'm worried that it will get pushed to the side when things get crazy. I want to make sure I make this a priority.
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    • 28 Oct 2017 1:06 PM | Anonymous member
      Sarah,
      I was really happy to see your name in this book study.

      Maggie
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  • 25 Oct 2017 6:27 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a math and science teacher at the 8th grade level at Wagner Middle School in Winterport. I teach Algebra I. My greatest hope is that I become the math teacher that I wish I had..., this sounds sarcastic, but I am serious! I am looking for ways to complete revolutionize my teaching to help students learn to love math and learn how math is all around them. My fear is that I will be overwhelmed with the workload, as I am taking graduate classes as well.
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  • 25 Oct 2017 6:28 PM | Anonymous member
    I work at Wagner Middle School in Winterport. I teach 8th grade Pre-Algebra and Social Studies. We have about 70 students, and I see them all for Social Studies, and about half for Pre-Algebra. My greatest hope for this book study is to learn some new, exciting strategies for teaching math. The majority of my math students are disinterested and disengaged, and they are convinced that they are "bad at math." My hope is that I can find some fun and interesting strategies to help get my students to enjoy math class. My biggest fear about this book study is that I won't find strategies that I can realistically use in my classes.
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  • 25 Oct 2017 8:08 PM | Anonymous member
    My name is Johanna Lake and I teach Algebra 1, Geometry and Tech Math at Brewer High School. My hope for this book club is that I come away with some new ideas of how to approach things with my students. My greatest fear is that I will start off strong with this book club and then fizzle out as life gets busy.
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  • 27 Oct 2017 1:37 PM | Anonymous member
    Hello, my name is Debbie Cook and I am a K-5 Math Specialist in Waterville.

    My hope is that I will continue to learn and grow in my knowledge of how students (K-5) best learn and engage with mathematical concepts and ideas. I was already using this book as part of a study group this year, and now the teachers and I are excited that we're doing it with so many other colleagues!

    My fear is probably what many others fear...time! But I know being part of the larger group of many excited participants will encourage me and I am looking forward to it.
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  • 27 Oct 2017 7:52 PM | Anonymous member
    I'm a fifth grade math teacher at Houlton Southside School. We've been searching for professional development for math, so I'm really excited to have found this online book study! My greatest hope for this book study is that I'll be able to collect and try out some new ideas/strategies from the book or those shared in the group discussions.
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  • 27 Oct 2017 7:57 PM | Anonymous member
    Greetings! I work at Samuel L. Wagner Middle School in Winterport, ME (RSU 22) where I teach seventh grade mathematics. My greatest hope for this book study is to read about all of the great math instructional ideas presented in the text and from my colleagues throughout the awesome state of Maine. My biggest fear is lack of time. I'm taking two graduate courses this fall and two this spring and hope to be able to find parallels between my coursework and this reading. If not, I hope for it to be a fun math read. I also look forward to working through this book study with fellow Wagner teachers and other math teaching friends throughout the state (and beyond, Hi Maggie!)
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    • 28 Oct 2017 1:06 PM | Anonymous member
      Amanda,
      Hi right back. So glad I will be having some conversations with you through this book study,

      Maggie
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  • 30 Oct 2017 7:30 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a third grade teacher at Houston Southside school, and I teach math and science. I hope to learn some new tips and tricks to teach to my kiddos. I would say my biggest fear is staring caught up on the reading once my masters class starts up after Christmas.
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  • 31 Oct 2017 2:41 PM | Anonymous member
    I teach math (and SAT prep) at Bonny Eagle High School. I work with grades 9-12.
    My greatest hope for this book study is gaining strategies to improve student learning in a high school setting. I don't have any fear about this book study at the momemt.
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  • 01 Nov 2017 9:30 PM | Anonymous member
    I work at Nokomis Regional High School. I work with 9th and 10th graders. I hope to gain teaching strategies that focus on student engagement. My biggest fear is falling behind on the reading.
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  • 02 Nov 2017 1:16 PM | Anonymous member
    I am the 6 - 8 RTI math teacher.

    My greatest hope is that this book study will make me a better teacher for my students.

    My biggest fear is keeping up with the reading and being a committed forum participant throughout the length of the study.

    On a side note, I am particularly enjoying reading the sections written about a colleague's vibrant classroom.
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  • 02 Nov 2017 1:46 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a high school math teacher at Sacopee Valley High School.

    My hope is to learn and grow as a math teacher; I hope to make math class more engaging.
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  • 02 Nov 2017 8:54 PM | Anonymous member
    I am an 8th grade math teacher at King Middle School in Portland, Maine. All math classes are heterogeneously grouped and King is an Expeditionary Learning school.
    My greatest hope is that I connect with other teachers in the state who help to both support and empower me. My biggest fear .... not being able to give this the time that I know it deserves.
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  • 02 Nov 2017 10:08 PM | Anonymous member
    I teach 5/6 at Somerset Valley Middle School.
    Greatest hope is to successfully incorporate what I learn into my classroom.
    Greatest fear is like many others have voiced, falling behind and posting to an online forum.
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  • 02 Nov 2017 11:07 PM | Anonymous member
    Hello All,

    I work at Beatrice Rafferty School on Pleasant Point, in Perry, Maine. I have most recently been teaching second grade. This year, however, I have the opportunity to work with teachers and students as the reading and literacy coach. I see an opportunity here to help teachers use literacy to better engage students in mathematics experiences. Much of our program is language dependent and requires a lot of reading in order to get at the mathematics. Many students struggle daily with math. I hope to nudge students and teachers towards a more positive path. My goal is to get myself into some classrooms to work alongside teachers to try new things, and shake things up a bit. I'm more intimidated than scared, but determined to find ways to work with teachers, and make a difference.
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  • 07 Nov 2017 6:42 PM | Anonymous member
    Hello!

    I teach 4th grade at the Albert S. Hall School in Waterville, Me. I look forward to the book and conversations to inspire me to inspire students to love math and want to learn more. Biggest fear? Hmmmmm........managing to stick with it and find the time to read, reflect and post! I'm intrigued by the book so far and looking forward to hearing from the author in the spring.
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  • 07 Nov 2017 9:56 PM | Anonymous member
    I teach grade 4 in Old Orchard Beach. I hope to learn new methods and ideas to help students overcome their math anxiety. I've never done an online book study before so there is always a little fear of the unknown!
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  • 08 Nov 2017 7:20 PM | Anonymous member
    My name is Anne Lunn. I teach first grade at Fort Street School in Mars Hill. My hope for this book is to learn strategies to teach my students math in a way that they will get it. I want to build their confidence and change the mindset that math is "hard" or "boring". My greatest fear is... I'm not really fearful. I am excited to learn all I can!
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  • 08 Nov 2017 7:25 PM | Anonymous member
    I am currently teaching mathematics at Bonny Eagle High School (in southern Maine). I work with grade levels 9 - 12, but the majority of my students are sophomores and juniors. I have really enjoyed online classes in the past, in part due to the great conversations that I have had with teachers from the US, Canada, and as far away as Taiwan. I always gain great ideas from sharing with colleagues in the district, so I look forward to sharing ideas with all of you around teaching math to students that don't always love math, like "we" do.
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  • 11 Nov 2017 8:16 PM | Anonymous member
    I am a k-6 math coach in the Lewiston School Department. After participating in the Dine and Discuss, I am excited about joining this book study. My hope for this book study is to find ideas to bring to the staff that I work with. I am concerned about being able to keep up with the reading and posting.
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  • 12 Nov 2017 4:45 PM | Anonymous member
    Hello everyone!
    I am a first grade teacher at Ellsworth Elementary Middle School in Ellsworth, Maine. I have enjoyed co-leading the Math Dine & Discuss workshops over the past few years. I am looking forward to gaining some new ideas and perspectives of teaching math. I had some awesome math teachers throughout my schooling, so I hope to "become the math teacher I had" and more with this book study! I fear that I will not be able to keep up with reading and posting while there is a lot going on, but I am optimistic and will do my best!
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  • 12 Nov 2017 5:38 PM | Anonymous member
    I work at Line School in West Newfield, Maine in RSU 57 district. I teach first grade and have 16 students in my class. I really want to learn more about best practice in mathematics and how to incorporate these lessons into the EDM curriculum that our district uses. I really do not have a big fear about the book study group because I look forward to learning from others.
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  • 14 Nov 2017 5:43 AM | Anonymous member
    Hello All,

    I teach fourth and fifth grade accelerated math, as well as a high school honors geometry class to eighth graders. I work in the Waterville schools.

    I am looking forward to learning new methods to engage my students and further develop in them a love for math.

    Keeping up with the reading, posting, and reading the posts of other teachers is daunting.

    I have found in other forums the participating teachers post wonderful insights and ideas. I am excited to learn from all of you as well as Tracy Zager's book.
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