Crystal Morey

Kent School District, Kent, Washington


Crystal Morey is a K-6 instructional coach in Kent,WA. Crystal spent the past 7 years teaching middle level mathematics. She is a strong advocate of inquiry based mathematics instruction, as well as increasing student voice in the classroom. Crystal has partnered with a variety of organizations on projects including Illustrative Mathematics, Washington STEM, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington State. When not teaching, Crystal is a mom to two energetic children. She utilizes her many life experiences to speak about the challenges and opportunities many educators face. 


Tch Talks 19: Women Leaders in Education: LaVonna Roth
Listen to Crystal’s interview with LaVonna Roth.

Balance Is Not A Wish: Four Takeaways From #TchWellness
Crystal’s final post in the series #TchWellness.

Tch Talks 15: Women Leaders in Education: Sonia Nieto
Listen to Crystal’s interview with Sonia Nieto.

Tch Talks 12: Women Leaders in Education: Peggy Brookins
Listen to Crystal’s interview with Peggy Brookins.

Tch Talks 11: Women Leaders in Education: Kristen Swanson
Listen to Crystal’s interview with Kristen Swanson.

Tch Talks 10: Women Leaders in Education: Linda Darling-Hammond
Listen to Crystal’s interview with Linda Darling-Hammond.

Women Leaders in Education
Crystal describes her new podcast series on women leaders.

Getting Better Together: #TchWellness: Declutter for Clarity and Focus
Crystal explores how mental and physical wellness impact her wellness as an educator.

Getting Better Together: #TchWellness: Three Components of Building Trusting Relationships
Crystal explains how teachers can build trust in their professional relationships.

Getting Better Together: #TchWellness: TRUST. Give It to Get It
Crystal examines how trust impacts teacher wellness and shares one strategy to connect with others in a blame-free and trusting space conducive to mutual understanding.

Five Powerful Ideas For Student Engagement
Five ideas for creating an engaging environment and building community among students.

Teacher Leadership Helped Me Find My Voice
Crystal found that her journey to teacher leadership challenged and changed her not only as an educator and advocate, but as an individual as well.

Getting Better Together: #TchWellness: Protect Your Personal Time
Creating work-life balance can be a challenge for teachers. Crystal offers four simple strategies to help you protect your personal time.

Getting Better Together: #TchWellness: Incorporating Play Into Your Life As An Educator
How do you incorporate play into your school day or life beyond school? Crystal is testing a few ideas out this year.

Getting Better Together: #TchWellness: Putting On Our Own Oxygen Masks
Where does self-care fall on your teacher to-do list? Crystal sets out on a #TchWellness journey to elevate education through teacher wellness.

Hacking Education: 5 Key Elements For Implementing New Ideas
Crystal leads a Hacking Education Book Study. A reflection on five key elements to consider when implementing new ideas in your classroom.

#TchLIVE: Hacking Education
Crystal leads a #TchLIVE Twitter chat to discover what it means to have a “hacker’s mindset” in education.

Hack Your Summer: Join The Hacking Education Book Study
Crystal leads an online book study this summer to teach you "hacks" you can make to your teaching. Based on the book "Hacking Education."

Getting Better Together: Tackling Misconceptions: Small-Group Number Talks
Crystal is learning to reach all students and to elevate each student’s voice by engaging a small group in a number talk focused on eliciting student thinking.

Getting Better Together: Three Ways I’ve Become A Better Listener
With less talking and more listening, Tch Laureate Crystal Morey has improved her teaching practice, including becoming an expert questioner.

#TeacherLove: My Mother, My Favorite Teacher, My Inspiration
Parents are often our best teachers. In this post, Crystal Morey shares what she learned about teaching and about life from her favorite teacher and inspiration — her mother.

Getting Better Together: #TchStressAway: Is Stress Really The Enemy?
For teachers, managing stress is more critical than eliminating it. Crystal came to this realization after leading her #TchStressAway campaign.

5 Tips To Help Develop Conceptual Understanding In Math
Crystal explains that developing conceptual understanding is both doable and essential in your classroom.

Getting Better Together: Vulnerability = Online Teacher Leadership
Crystal faces her fears relating to online leadership.

Getting Better Together: #TchStressAway: Finding Balance Together
Crystal has challenged herself to identify goals for taking control of her teacher health, and invites you to join her.

Getting Better Together: Number Talks And Safe Classroom Culture
Crystal faces a dilemma when a student displays deep misconceptions during a Number Talk.

#TchLIVE: Being A Connected Educator
Crystal and the rest of the Tch Laureate Team engage with the Tch community about what it means to be a Connected Educator during the next #TchLive chat.

Getting Better Together: Making Sense of Math Through Number Talks
Nearly 600 people have signed up for a book study led by Crystal and fellow Tch Laureate Kristin Gray.

Seven Tips on Training for the School Year Marathon
How to prepare for the challenges of teaching math.

Less is More: Increasing Mathematical Thinking
Paring back to put mathematical thinking at the forefront.

Getting Visual with Fractions
In this interactive video, Crystal invites us to watch her small group number talk.

Learning Menus: Giving Options & Independence
Crystal uses learning menus to provide students with independent exploration of concepts.

Meeting Students’ Needs in Number Talks
Crystal is learning to reach all students and elevate each student’s voice by engaging a small group in a number talk focused on eliciting student thinking.

Math in the Common Core Classroom
Students learn how the mathematical problem solving strategies they grapple with in class will transfer to the real world and are empowered to use them.

Introduction to Ratios and Proportional Relationships
Students are faced with a paint mixing problem.

Applying Understanding of Ratios to Fractions
Students work together to demonstrate their conceptual understanding.

Reflecting on Teaching and Learning About Ratios
Crystal comes together with two colleagues to examine student work.

Meet Crystal Morey: Tch Laureate
Crystal shares her thoughts on questioning strategies and their impact on student growth in her math classroom.

Meet the Tch Laureate Bunch
Teaching Channel Laureates define what getting better together means to them.