• 29 Dec 2012 12:16 PM
    Reply # 1168449 on 1150285
    Hi, I teach one second year Algebra class and 4 Geometry classes at Caribou High. I am very interested in how everyone is wading into the Common Core Standards and learning about both successes and bumps in the road in the implementation process throughout the state.  We are planning on beginning a freshman academy next fall to help the transition from middle school to high school. Our math fail rate for freshmen is terrible.  The only fear I have about this book study is devoting enough time to really gain as much from it as possible. Hopefully my desire to improve as a teacher will sustain me.
  • 30 Dec 2012 7:59 AM
    Reply # 1168796 on 1150285
    Bill Shardlow
    Hi All!
         I teach grade 8 mathematics at Frank H Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth.  I am blessed to love what I do and enjoy the privilege of working with a great group of peers and students.  I am looking forward to our use of CMP3 next year and want to continue to restructure my approach to instruction.  After talking with Jenny Jorgensen, this book study seemed like a great way to start that journey and get involved with many other educators in the process.
         As I coach in the spring, time will be an issue, hence my concerns similar to those expressed by so many others.  However, as do most other educators, we will find a way to get it all in!  No fears, just a realistic view of my schedule.
         My greatest hope is to be able to put all the pieces together - common core, a new text, and the ability to change after so many years in the classroom.  Before we actually get into the readings, if you want a sense of what I am trying to move towards, check out this Ted (TEDxNYED) video:   http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_meyer_math_curriculum_makeover.html   Thanks and look forward to the dialogue!

  • 01 Jan 2013 8:30 AM
    Reply # 1169728 on 1150285
    I teach 4th grade Math and Social Studies at Wells Elementary School. We are hoping to switch from a flexed grouping of the 4 4th grades to having 2 specialized teachers of Math/Social Studies and the other 2 LA.
    I am excited about this conversation as we have jumped headfirst into the CC and use some of the tasks from the Georgia Dept of Ed. along with Everyday Math. So far I absolutely love what I see my students being ably to do. The difficulty we are having is that this is such a new way of teaching that we do a lot of back peddling to catch the students up to speed.
  • 01 Jan 2013 10:16 AM
    Reply # 1169779 on 1150285
    Deleted user
    Happy New Year! I am the K-4 Mathematics Collaborative Content Coach at Wells Elementary School. One of my responsibilities is to provide professional development for teachers and staff to raise math achievement. I love what I do and am fortunate to work with a very experienced staff. Our professional work this year is to begin implementing the common core and practices. This require shifts in content, instruction, and organizational framework to prepare our students to be mathematical thinkers. Change can be difficult and I'd love additional strategies and specific guidance on how to help teachers implement the standards. 
    Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to connect and collaborate with Maine educators!
  • 01 Jan 2013 1:38 PM
    Reply # 1169869 on 1150285
    Cari Medd
    Hey all.  I am principal at Poland Regional High School.  I have spent a lot of time working with the ELA common core standards and am grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the math standards. 
  • 01 Jan 2013 5:28 PM
    Reply # 1169977 on 1150285
    Amanda Dyer
    I am a Kindergarten teacher at the Conners Emerson School in Bar Harbor, Maine, which is part of the the Mount Desert Island Regional School System. As a teacher, I am always interested in how to improve my own teaching practices. Our school's K-4 teachers have been discussing how best to serve our students in math for a number of years, but we have not reached a common ground or made much progress.. For a variety of reasons I suspect...not enough time, change is hard, no one wants to be the lead person...etc. As a Teacher Leader for our district, I feel that with the work currently being done around the Common Core Standards, this seems to be the perfect time to jump in...so, here I am.
  • 01 Jan 2013 7:31 PM
    Reply # 1170045 on 1150285
    Karen Jagolinzer
    Hi All,
    I teach 5th grade in a self-contained classroom - all subjects - at F H Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth, ME. We are a 5-8 school. Bill Sharlow and Jenny Jorgensen are colleagues.  I have a passion for math and actually went back to school and became a teacher to rid the world of math anxiety :-)  True story.

    I am hoping to continue to learn about math teaching and learning in a way that will help me affect change in my classroom and with my colleagues. 

    My biggest fear is time.  There is never enough.
  • 02 Jan 2013 12:38 PM
    Reply # 1170413 on 1150285
    Happy New Year!!  I teach 4th grade at Conners Emerson School on MDI.  I have always loved math, but I feel like my main job when teaching math is to be a cheerleader for the 4th graders who already have it in their minds that they are not good at math! 

    I am looking forward to hearing from other teachers around the state, hearing different strategies they are using with their students, and hearing how I can help change the climate surrounding math education in my school.

    I am also worried about keeping up with the posts, but the reading looks very manageable! 
  • 02 Jan 2013 1:44 PM
    Reply # 1170454 on 1150285
    Hello everyone.
         My name is Lisa Russell.  I work at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, Maine.  I teach 9-12 mathematics, currently RTI for grade 9, Honors Algebra II, Statistics, Honors Pre-calculus, and AP Calculus.
         Being a part of this book study is important to me because I want to stay well informed and well connected in the field of teaching mathematics.  I want be a leader of mathematics for my school and district.  I also want to be a better teacher.
         My only fear is that there well be so many postings I won't be able to keep up with them all.
         I look forward to conversing with everyone.
  • 02 Jan 2013 6:14 PM
    Reply # 1170623 on 1150285
    Katrina Hall
    Hi Everyone,

    I am a 7th grade math teacher at Hollis Brookline Middle School located in Southern NH.  This year is the our first year of implementing the CCSS for the our 7th and 8th grade students.  We have delved into some busy waters and have found this year to be intense in terms of our transition.  This includes the accelerated curriculum as outlined in the appendix of the CCSS.

    Steve has always been an inspiration as a writer, mathematician and presenter.  He does a great job of bringing about the reality of teaching mathematics.  He is truthful, insightful, knowledgeable and invigorating. 

    Through this study I hope to make connections, learn more about others' experiences with the CCSS and increase my personal understanding so I an in turn support others.  

    My fear of this study is keeping up with the online conversations.  I don't want to miss a thing:)

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