Tammy #13Tammy 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.

Key Questions:

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.

Show notes:

The Intentional Educator Tammy’s Website

Common Core Math


KATM – flipbooks

Dan Meyer

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.


g&c antiqueTopic today is Project Based Learning: special guest Ginger Lewman, whose passion and   expertise  (or one of them anyway) is Project Based Learning.

Ginger has been working with districts on connecting it with the new Common Core State standards. Given the diversity of Special Education, I believe our listeners will be asking how can PBL benefit?

Key Questions:

1. Aren’t projects and project based learning the same thing?

2.  A walk through a sample project

3. PBL recipe cards – how can they support educators in the process of integrating Projects into their      instruction?

4. How should teachers assess the learning and translate that to a grade?

5. How can educators be sure that they are truly covering the standards with PBL?

6.  What about Special Populations? How do you see PBL benefiting them?

Below is a robust collection of resources to support teachers and leaders in planning for assessing Special Populations. This collection includes the recipe cards for PBL as well as a Live-binder of additional supports.

LifePracticePBL  – for recipe cards


Livebinder of resources

Buck Institute


Special Education And The Common Core (SpedCast #11)

May 10, 2013

http://media.blubrry.com/spedcast/p/traffic.libsyn.com/remarkableprincipal/Sped_11.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSS Special Education and the Common Core Standards! “a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”… a journey to nowhere also begins with one step! As educators begin to implement purposeful application of the new College and Career Readiness State Standards, it is important to take  a deeper look at the implications for special populations.  Key questions to ask about special education and common core standards […]

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The Power of the Para-educator (Spedcast #10)

March 13, 2013

http://media.blubrry.com/spedcast/p/traffic.libsyn.com/remarkableprincipal/SC_10_Charles_Smaling.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSS With over half a million para-educators in the United States serving special ed. populations, it is evident that para-educators play a vital role in education today. Resource teachers depend upon para-educators to be their eyes and ears especially in the inclusive environment. Today’s special guest is a para-educator at a local High School. Please welcome, Charles Smalling!!!      Charles shares his reasons for becoming a para-educator and […]

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