• 07 Jan 2013 2:05 PM
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    Pat Marquette

    Hi Everyone,


    I have been teaching 8th grade for the last four years at the Hollis Brookline Middle School in Hollis, NH.  I teach pre-algebra and algebra.  While I am constantly striving to learn how to reach all students, I am anxious to learn from colleagues not only about practices, but how to incorporate some new ideas into instruction.  Our school has implemented the CCSS and I am still learning and transitioning.  My greatest hope is to learn all that I can in order to benefit my students and increase my knowledge.  My biggest fear is keeping up with the reading and staying in sync with everyone.

  • 07 Jan 2013 4:04 PM
    Reply # 1173695 on 1150285
    Hello All,

    I am currently a fifth grade teacher at an elementary school in the Oxford Hills School District.  As many of you have mentioned, I too am anxious to share ideas with colleagues from all over the state and from all different grade levels.  I have heard many wonderful things about this book and am looking forward to getting started.
  • 07 Jan 2013 8:39 PM
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    I teach third and fourth grade at Longfellow Elementary in Portland. I teach every subject but math and science have always been my favorites. I like keeping up with what's out there and I am really looking forward to having a conversation about math with people from all over Maine.
  • 08 Jan 2013 8:18 PM
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    Tracey Hartnett

    I am Tracey Hartnett, a 4/5 time math interventionist at Paris Elementary.  On my day off, I coach a 5/6 math team at the school in my hometown, also in the Oxford Hills District.  When it's not math team season, I volunteer in math classes that day. 

    In my role as math interventionist, I work with 3rd through 6th graders.

    While I have note received my book yet, my biggest hope for this book study is to gain some specific info. about the Common Core for sharing with colleagues.  On the surface, I'm afraid the Common Core might be interpreted as getting away from teaching for understanding.  However, in watching video of authors describing how it came about, I am sure that teaching for understanding and in context is crucial.  I hope this book study will help me help colleagues (and parents) understand the authors' intentions.

    My biggest fear is that I will have difficulty meeting deadlines.  As many of you have mentioned: days are long; nights are short.
  • 08 Jan 2013 9:10 PM
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    I am the assistant principal at the Conners- Emerson School and Bar Harbor.  We are a k-8 school so I get to observe and discuss math issues and topics from counting and cardinality to quadratic equations. I'm looking forward to hearing how others are leading change in mathematics instruction in their school as we move toward implementation of common core standards.  

    Looking forward to good conversation and insights! 
  • 09 Jan 2013 4:39 PM
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    Gail Stetson
    Hi all,
    Sorry to be late to the party.  I thought I was registered earlier, but apparently I wasn't.  Although this bumpy start might not bode well for my abiltiy to interact successfully with the technology, I'm hopeful that things will go more smoothly from here on in!
    I have been teaching in the Oxford Hills district at the elementary school level for 29 years. Like everyone, I am learning about the common core standards and working to make changes in my classroom instruction to work toward implementation.  3 other teachers in my building are participating in this book study and I am hopeful that we will be able to work together at developing new understandings and practices in math instruction.  Taking on any new project in an already hectic schedule is challenging, but we are all looking for direction and guidance in this implementation process.  I hope to find some of that here!
  • 10 Jan 2013 6:50 PM
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    Deleted user
    Greetings all.
    I am presently a math teacher at Poland Regional High School.  Most of my days are spent with AP Statistics students in grades 10 -12.  My biggest concern is for my Strategies for Learning class.  I co-teach with the school's literacy teacher and we have 9th grade struggling math and reading students.  I am always looking for help with this class and look forward to learning from my colleagues.
  • 10 Jan 2013 7:23 PM
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    Linda Crumrine
    I work at Falmouth Elementary School providing RTI  intervention for students in grades 3 - 5. I hope to gain a deeper understanding of best mathematical practices. My fear is that I will not find enough time to read the book, all the posts, and to respond. That said, I am looking forward to this book study. 
  • 10 Jan 2013 9:04 PM
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    I teach at Greely Middle School in Cumberland Maine. I teach 6th and 7th grade students who have been accelerated in math. I also support teachers as a math coach in the building.
          I have participated in several book studies but none of them online. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an electronic learning community. I hope this helps me grow as a learner in a new way.
           A concern I have is being able to keep up with the demands of a weekly post. I enjoy the parts of the book that I have read and hope that my interest in the book will help me stay engaged ion this new adventure.

  • 11 Jan 2013 5:55 AM
    Reply # 1177299 on 1150285
    Shawn Towle
    I am an 8th grade math teacher at Falmouth Middle School and am the current President of ATOMIM.  I have been part of several book studies in my local area over the years (with Mary Belisle) and  I am looking forward to the conversations that will take place over the next several weeks in this online learning group.  An online book discussion is something brand new for me.  I am certain that I will learn a great deal from all of you who also care deeply about the mathematical education of our own students and all students throughout Maine.  My fear, like many of us is the time factor, but I know that I will be pushed to think more deeply about my own mathematics teaching by Steve's ideas and those shared in this forum.   
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