Monthly Archives: January 2015

Spotlight on Common Core Math

The mathematics curriculum taught in the Piedmont Unified School District is changing due to California’s state-wide adoption of the Common Core Mathematics Standards.  This special edition of the PUSD Spotlight is devoted to the changes now underway in the District’s math program, and issues to be decided in the coming months concerning the next phase…

Spotlight on PMS Math Educators

The key to successful implementation of Common Core Math is the educators.   David Foster, the Executive Director of SVMI, and District consultant Cheryl Holzmeyer, Ph.D., both emphasize that what matters most is the professional training and instructional practices of teachers, and classroom implementation.  As Foster has stated, “All that ever matters is teaching.” In…

Teachers Teaching Teachers: Staff Development Day on January 20th

On Tuesday, PUSD held the last of the 3 professional development days for the 2014-15 school year.  Some sessions were led by outside consultants, but many more were facilitated by PUSD teachers who shared new instructional practices with their colleagues that they learned from professional development workshops they attended outside the district this school year.  We would like…

Jo Boaler, Stanford University Professor, Advocating for Change in U.S. Math Classrooms

How math is taught in the United States is a hot topic right now.  One well-respected researcher and educator speaking out on this topic is Stanford University, Professor of Mathematics, Jo Boaler. Several PUSD math teachers and administrators heard Dr. Boaler speak at the Northern California Math Council Conference in December and were inspired by her message:…

Parent Math Nights: Doing the Math Your Children Do

A common theme this year for several parent math education nights and other meetings where our parents have been in attendance has been providing them with the opportunity to “do the math” that students are doing in their classrooms every day. If you didn’t attend the elementary parent math night in November or the middle school math night…

Why Do I Have to Explain my Mathematical Thinking?

“I hate math!”  “Math is too hard!” “Why do I have to explain my thinking?”  At every turn, students and now parents are asking this same question. Let’s step back a moment and remember our own frustration when we were in school and our teachers made us “show our work.”  In our day, “showing your…