Author Archives: jplgough

About jplgough

Learner, Love Questions, Problem-finding, Math w/technology. Interests: Collaborating, PLC, Formative assmt

#BrightSpot Ethnography and #Buoyancy using Twitter – Learning Together

To pursue bright spots is to ask the question “What’s working, and how can we do more of it?” Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Yet, in the real world, this obvious question is almost never asked. (p. 45, Heath and Heath) …“buoyancy”— … Continue reading

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Visual: Encouraging mathematical flexibility #LL2LU

From Jo Boaler’s How to Learn Math: for Students: People see mathematics in very different ways. And they can be very creative in solving problems. It is important to keep math creativity alive. and When you learn math in school, if a teacher … Continue reading

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Enhancing Growth Mindset in Math – Learning together

How might we, as a community of learners, grow in our knowledge and understanding to enhance the growth mindset of each of our young learners?  What if we enroll and take Jo Boaler’s How to Learn Math: For Students and share … Continue reading

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Encouraging and anticipating mathematical flexibility

From Jo Boaler’s How to Learn Math: for Students: …we know that what separates high achievers from low achievers is not that high achievers know more math, it is that they interact with numbers flexibly and low achievers don’t. I wonder how many times … Continue reading

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Visual: SMP-1 Make sense of problems and persevere #LL2LU

What if we display learning progressions in our learning space to show a pathway for learners? After Jennifer Wilson (Easing the Hurry Syndrome) and I published SMP-1: Make sense of problems and persevere #LL2LU, I wondered how we might display … Continue reading

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Back to school: Pre-Planning 2014 agenda and opportunities

How do we celebrate our culture and show quick snapshots of what we value to new members of our community? How do we leverage digital tools to communicate, collaborate, and take control when we have choice? As a Leadership Team, we … Continue reading

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SMP-1: Make sense of problems and persevere #LL2LU

We want every learner in our care to be able to say I can make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.  (CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP1) But…What if I think I can’t? What if I’m stuck? What if I feel lost, confused, … Continue reading

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Summer Reading 2014 debrief: learner choice and voice (part 1)

We know student-learners need and deserve differentiated learning opportunities.  Don’t all learners?  How do we model learner choice? As a team of 150 learners charged with a responsibility of developing and maintaining a learning community for ourselves and the 650 children … Continue reading

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#LL2LU Fractions – we are smarter than me & modeling C’s – #MPVschool & #TrinityLearns

A new definition of strength: Can we learn together? What if we collaborate, ask for feedback, and lean in to leverage expertise and perspective of others? If we truly believe in communication, collaboration, and the other C’s, how are we … Continue reading

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JGough observes JWilson – #NCSM14 Developing Conceptual Understanding Through the Progressions

Peer-to-Peer Observations…who learns? Everyone. Piloting an Observation of Practice with Jennifer Wilson (@jwilson828), I observed Jennifer during our NCSM presentation, Developing a Conceptual Understanding of Fractions. Below is a record of what I observed and then my reflection.  I am grateful … Continue reading

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