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Visit My Common Core Math Classroom!

Last October, Kentucky Education Television filmed a lesson in my Algbera 2 class for a segment called "Inside the Common Core" which aired April 13, 2015. Here is the video from my classroom:

Here is the link to the entire episode of "Education Matters" (which includes footage from CTQ-KY teacher Erin Chavez's second-grade classroom as well).

Also, the lesson in the video was called "Forming Quadratics" which is a Math Design Collaborative Formative Assessment Lesson available in its entirety here

 

4 Comments

Marsha Ratzel commented on April 15, 2015 at 8:55am:

congrats and can you share your secrets?

Very cool thing.

I'm betting that loads of teachers watch this and benefit from seeing how it could be done.

Were you nervous?  If someone asks most teachers if they'd be willing to videotape their class, I think many would say "no".  How would you advise them to overcome that fear?

Marsha Ratzel commented on April 15, 2015 at 8:56am:

congrats and can you share your secrets?

Very cool thing.

I'm betting that loads of teachers watch this and benefit from seeing how it could be done.

Were you nervous?  If someone asks most teachers if they'd be willing to videotape their class, I think many would say "no".  How would you advise them to overcome that fear?

Ali Wright Ali Wright commented on April 16, 2015 at 4:44pm:

Thank you and YES, I was nervous!

Hi Marsha,

Thank you for your kind words. Over the past year, one of my growth areas has been "to be brave" in all aspects of teacher leadership. When I had the opportunity to have a fancy film crew come to my Algebra 2 class, I knew I had to take it. (My kids were fascinated by all their equipment- especially the boom mics.) I hoped more than anything that people could see this as an example of what Common Core math instruction can look like, and despite all the criticism and controversy- it's just good old-fashioned student learning!

I have learned that often teacher leadership has to come from a place of vulnerability, and if we don't start to open up our classrooms to the world, then how can we expect anyone outside of our school/district/state/profession to understand what really goes on during those 90-minute hours? As soon as I watched the video, I immediately started thinking about what I could have done differently, and that reflection piece is what makes teaching a true art. There is no such thing as a "perfect lesson"- and that's why teaching must be collaborative. Maybe teachers will see this and think, "Hey, I could do that!" and start filming their own lessons to share with colleagues.  ;)

 

Rachel Losch commented on April 24, 2015 at 2:36pm:

You inspired me

Ali,

I agree that we should share what we are doing, and I am so proud of your work.  I am inspired to step up and share the things that I know will work within the classroom!  

How has you own staff embraced your Teacherpreneurship?  I wondered if they have ben supporttive and if they lift you up to continue...

Thanks,

Rachel

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