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January 23, 2016
This Week: Conceptual Understanding | Peer Feedback | Teacher Leadership
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In a new video, Leah Alcala demonstrates how she helps her students develop conceptual understanding in math, and Tch Laureate Crystal Morey can’t get enough.
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See how Sherwanda Chism fosters student-to-student feedback and critique in this strategy video.
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Tch Laureate Crystal Morey learned a lot about herself as a learner and a leader online after the Making Number Talks Matter book study group.
Notes from the Tch Laureates

A new video that launched this week, Concept First, Notation Last, focuses on something many of us are striving for with our students: developing conceptual understanding. Thanks to Common Core, the focus in math instruction has shifted from repetitive practice and rote memorization to a far deeper level of learning. Developing conceptual understanding requires activating students’ prior knowledge and helping them internalize mathematical concepts, while simultaneously guiding them towards procedural fluency and computational competency — all underpinned by a basic impulse to make sense of math. I’m excited to try out the strategies shared by Leah Alcala in her new video in my own classroom.

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Img LeftIn his latest installment of the Making in Schools series, Aaron Vanderwerff explains why an inquiry stance is critical when shifting towards student-centered learning.

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