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Tammy Fellers taught high school math at Chanute and El Dorado High Schools – everything from Integrated Math to Trigonometry. In 2008, she became the principal and math teacher of a charter high school and in 2010, became the Assistant Principal at El Dorado Middle School.
Since 2012 Tammy has been an ESSDACK Consultant that focuses on assisting teachers with research-based instructional strategies and math content.
Tammy emphasizes the importance of instructional strategies setting the learner up for success by developing the understanding of math and not placing the emphasis on the speed of the math fact.
1. How do you see Math practices changing now and in the years ahead?
2. What resources/strategies do you believe teachers need to meet the needs of 21st Century learners in general?
3. What about Special Populations?
4. Walk us through a few scenarios on how teachers might consider differentiating Math for SpEd.
Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) is a problem-solving mathematics program designed to improve number sense and computation for students in Kindergarten through fourth grades. According to Tammy, a foundational principle of CGI is we don’t tell the kids what tool to use however the student decides for himself or herself what tool to use.
The Intentional Educator Tammy’s Website
Common Core Math
KATM – flipbooks
Children’s Mathematics by Thomas Carpenter
Tammy’s fraction packets are available at www.essdack.org under shop products. You may also sign up for one of Tammy’s workshops at www.essdack.org under Workshops.
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Change is hard. Unfortunately the bigger and more entrenched the organization, the harder it becomes to achieve true systemic change. That’s why advocates of school reform often become discouraged when change seems to occur at a glacial pace. In this episode of Remarkable Chatter, Curtis Chandler, the 2011 Kansas State Teacher of the Year, targets his top three ways to transform education:
1. Emphasize innovation and creativity
2. Effectively infuse technology into the classroom
3. Create a culture of constant improvement, growth, and development that is a positive enjoyable experience.
Join Curtis and hosts Tamara Konrade and Ginger Lewman as they discuss ways teachers and administrators can stop jousting at windmills and start making the impossible dream come true.
Curtis Chandler is an educator, staff developer, and doctoral student at Kansas State University who has worked with the Center forTeacher Quality, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and with school districts around the nation to enhance the instructional capacity and preparation of teachers. His current projects involve strategic work to infuse game dynamics into instruction and assessment. Curtis was named the Kansas State Teacher of the Year in 2011 and is also an inductee into the Mid-America Educator Hall of Fame. He currently serves on the board for MACE to help schools improve the use of instructional technology. Above all, he enjoys spending time with his wife and favorite “students”–his 4 boys ranging in age from two to nine years of age.