Category Archives: General News

Follow my New Blog!

My position has changed this year and I have created a new blog.  I am the coordinator of the Middle School Re-Engagement Center.  Please follow my new blog at http://EngagingGreece.wordpress.com to keep updated on active and creative instructional methods (math and other content areas), as well as the many events at the Re-Engagement Center.

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Kingsbury Makes Math Fun for Students

On December 6, Elissa Kingsbury presented to my MTH 155 students (one of my many jobs is teaching MTH 155-Math for Elementary Teachers- at Monroe Community College).  Elissa is a 4th grade teacher at Canal View Elementary in the Spencerport Central School District.  She also trains teachers on how to use the “Math Investigations”  program.  As Elissa told the class, the focus of Math Investigation instruction is on mathematical thinking and reasoning.  Children use prior knowledge and the discovery approach to make sense of and develop an understanding of fundamental mathematical ideas.  The program’s objectives, which overlap with the MTH 155 objectives, are to encourage students to use multiple strategies to find solutions to any given problem and explain their thinking.  Some of the key parts of Elissa’s presentation included a demonstration of Ten-Minute Math, quick images, arrays, and an engaging game called “Multiple Turn Over.”

Elissa gave the college students some great advice: “Have fun yourself and make it fun for students!  Use movement, songs, jingles, etc.”  Thank you for given such an engaging presentation to my class.

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I’m famous

In my role as math coach this year, I now work in Athena Middle School as well as Athena High School.  As a welcome to the Middle School, a brief article was written in the “Athena Middle School Connection” newsletter (see below).

One Vision…One Team…One Greece

With the Athena Performing Arts Center (APAC) packed with excited and optimistic Greece Central School District teachers and administrators, Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams introduced herself and delivered an appropriate and focused welcome speech.  The reoccurring theme was “One Vision…One Team…One Greece.”  She discussed that this year we would all take a journey together.  This journey will be filled with challenges and fewer resources, which is a typical story presently in education.  She stated that we are “preparing students for jobs that don’t exist for a world we cannot see.”  However, she did suggest that if we meet students with the new “3 Rs,” we would likely be successful with kids.  The 3 Rs (according to Daggett, founder and President of the International Center for Leadership in Education) are relationships, relevance, and rigor.

Practical Strategy: Use the 3 Rs.  When we work with students, how much of a priority are Daggett’s three Rs?  Are we building positive connections with kids?  Are we connecting content to real world situations?  Do we keep the standards high and challenge all students to reach their potential?

Welcome to my Blog!

Welcome to my blog “Have Your Pi and Eat It Too: Musings of a Math Coach.”  I will be writing about my experiences as an instructional math coach at Greece Athena Middle and High Schools in Rochester, New York (a picture of our building is shown below).  I have degrees and certificates from Niagara University, Nazareth College, and the University of Rochester in teaching mathematics and special education, school counseling, and leadership.  As you could probably tell, I love to learn.  I am currently conducting research at the UofR on the most effective ways to deliver math instruction to our lowest achieving students.  I wanted to create a blog to inform the Athena community (and others) of the great math instruction and learning experiences taking place in our building and to provide practical strategies to improve math instruction.  I hope everyone enjoys this blog.

Please contact me for any reason at andy.maillet@greece.k12.ny.us

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