My takeaways included the following:
- It is essential that all children believe that they are capable of learning math.
- A "Learning to Learn" curriculum that strengthens students' mindsets and learning actions is critical at the start of the school year with review and reference throughout the year.
- Math class needs to be engaging and empowering.
- Relevant problems and projects are integral to learning success.
- There needs to be many paths available with regard to learning math well.
- A 24-7 platform of tools, links, and study information aids student achievement and participation.
- The more you know and understand about math, the better you will teach it.
- We need to foster students' apt mathematical processes and strategies.
- We need to look deeper, converse, and problem solve around the best structures with regard to schedules, personnel, space, and time to teach all of our math students well.
- When possible math learning should be integrated into the learning of other subject matter, and visa versa.
- Students who struggle need alternative strategies and more time to boost their core skills and grade-level learning.
- It is imperative that you explicitly teach the standards of mathematical practices throughout every math unit.
- We can't underestimate the strength technology holds for math thinking and learning development as it's amazing.
There's a lot of prep with regard to pedagogy, content, and skill when it comes to teaching well, and attention to the areas above will turn that prep into a successful math program for the students you teach.