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Friday, March 1 • 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Keep em' uncomfortable

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Math pretty much sucks when have no idea what is happening! This is what I tell my students and parents every year because I was once in their shoes. Struggling with the concepts, completing the plug and chug problems from the textbook, and feeling totally helpless. I knew that there had to be a better way to teach math.
I also tell my students to embrace the suck because real learning is deeper and more durable when it is effortful and challenging. While getting my masters in mathematics education, I set out to find a way to keep students from getting comfortable and bored with their routine as well as making the learning environment fun, challenging, as well as achievable. I enrolled in really challenging math classes so I could actually put myself in the student’s shoes. I remembered how stressful it was to not understand the material. I also learned through lots of research that we don’t really understand how to learn in the best ways on our own.
Mathematics doesn’t have to be stale and boring so I have taken concepts and proven strategies and morphed them into my own teaching philosophy. Students are given each week a real life task to help with future ready skills, procedural practice, deep conceptual understanding and answers they must prove, blended learning, video tutorials, and papers to help prove their understanding of mathematics. I am also the STEM and Robotics coach so I have found ways to implement that into my lesson as well.
The bottom line is that in order to be interesting you have to first be interested. My teaching style is very family friendly and allows students to take control of their own learning. I use a mix of strategies from the book, “Make it Stick” author, Peter C. Brown, Dr. Clayton Edwards, Jo Boaler, Marilee Springer, Judy Willis, M.D. , and many more.


Joey Lankelma

7th Grade Math Teacher, South East Junior High School
I used to struggle with math and avoided it at all cost. While teaching 6th grade at an elementary school the math started to become really fun. I enjoyed helping students because I could put myself in their shoes. I decided I wanted to be a math teacher so I got my Math Endorsement... Read More →

Friday March 1, 2019 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Sweeney D
  • MATH STANDARDS & PRACTICES common core state standards
  • WHAT WILL ATTENDEES GAIN? Abundance of resources used in real life task, procedural practice websites, online tools, and video creation methods.
  • BEYOND "STAND & DELIVER" I will teach my lesson in the same format that I teach my class on a weekly basis. The introduction will be a quick video where I front-load the class with information.
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