There is perhaps nobody better at shouting math education’s rallying cry than Steve Leinwand. Knowing that my notetaking could not keep up, I recorded Steve’s talk for later review. Graciously, Steve has granted me permission to post it here. (Which saves me a ton of typing!) You can find slides for Leinwand’s “Tilling the Soil” talk below.
Dan Meyer covered the tweeting duties during the talk:
“Everyone tapes themselves once a month and one is played/critiqued randomly at staffmeeting.” On practices at good schools. @steve_leinwand— Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer) April 19, 2013
My takeaway? Math teachers need to push for more and better collaboration. No longer can teachers just teach what they enjoy, or pretend teaching is mostly improvisational. If we are truly professionals, we need to do serious work around our new standards and curriculum, including critiquing the teaching of colleagues, reviewing and refining lessons over time, and recognizing the body of knowledge about teaching mathematics that can be built upon and further contributed to. But listen for yourself.