My understanding of the Math Expressions curriculum and teaching math to first graders have increased exponentially due to the squad. Not only have I learned from Shannon's videos, but also through other teacher's guidance. It is nice to have a network of support in one place that is easily accessible. After watching Shannon's videos, I have a better understanding of the best ways to teach my students. The extra activities provide students with meaningful practice.
1st Grade Tchr, WI
I have grown in my approach to teaching. I have become a much better math teacher. I love the inquiry approach of genius squad. I was bored and my students were even more bored when I used to model the skill. Now we work collaboratively to create understanding. I also am more aware of the continuum of understanding of my students. Even if one of my students is not understanding everything they can still feel empowered by what they do know and can explain instead of feeling defeated.
1st Grade Tchr, CA
This is saving me time, making my lessons engaging, reminding me the importance of Daily Routines and QPs. I like using your resources so I don't have to create my own from scratch every day. You are a gift to teachers everywhere!
1st Grade Tchr, MN
I'm teaching remote and this is a lifesaver. Your videos are really helpful as this edition is new to me this year. Thank you for making learning fun and enjoyable!
1st Grade Tchr, IL
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-Community is very helpful. Supported G3 Teacher
-Happy!! Gr1 Teacher
-Really makes me focus on student leads and starting with build it, draw it, represent with an equation Gr 1 Teacher
-Great! Makes my job easier with jamboards already created. The videos help me organize my lessons. G3 Teacher
-It makes me feel good knowing others are also teaching this way. G3 Teacher
-I love it! The slides are perfect additions to teaching the lessons. I love being able watch the videos before I teach to help give me reminders and being able to ask questions to Shannon if I have them. G1 Teacher
-I feel I have somewhere to turn when I have questions, doubts, need guidance. Kdg Teacher
-Like I'm heading in the right direction. G2 teacher
-It is comforting to know that I have support and resources to utilize. G2 Teacher
-I feel like I truly understand why MX has designed lessons the way they have. G4 Teacher
-Much less frazzled and much more prepared. G3 Teacher
-Love the community G1 Teacher
-I feel like there is a "place" to go look for answers or help. I feel more prepared for my RtI groups. - SpEd/Intv. Teacher
-Supported - TOSA
-Prepared Kdg Teacher
-Loaded with ideas and expertise Kdg Teacher
-I feel like I have grown so much as a math teacher this year thanks to the squad! I use the videos, resources and slides. I feel like I have a deeper understanding of the content and feel like my students are more successful! G2 Teacher
-I love being in the squad. It helps build my confidence in teaching some of the lessons and concepts. G3
-Better equipped! G2 Teacher
-It feels relief to have ideas available to help with the curriculum. G4 Teacher
-It's nice to have support when I need it. G2 Teacher
-Relieved that I have plans, access to many tools, and a source for guidance/feedback. G 3 Teacher
-It feels like a relief because it takes one less thing off my plate in planning! G2 Teacher
-Empowered to teach math! Kdg Teacher
-I love it. I really like the quick overview of lessons and the student slides are amazing! G4 Teacher
-More prepared to teach my lessons. Kdg Teacher
-It is the support that I need when I'm ready to throw in the towel G4 Teacher
-I feel prepared to provide my students with an engaging math experience. G5 Teacher
-Happy and more excited to teach math! Kdg Teacher
-I am confident that I can find answers to help my students succeed. Kdg Teacher
-Feels good, it’s nice to know you are not alone G3 Teacher
- I really enjoy knowing that I have the things that I need to provide quality instruction - LOVE the videos! G4 Teacher
-Confident in the math curriculum. G2 Teacher
-More confident, the ability to differentiate and meet many learners need G4
-I feel that it helps me understand the take aways from units and lessons better than I have. Kdg Teacher
-More at ease with teaching math G5 Teacher
-Equipped! G1 Teacher
- Students are engaged with slides and love the jamboards
-.Before students would just plug in numbers to solve problems. Now they think about what the problem is asking.
-"I feel my class is more engaged. I feel confident when teaching a lesson, knowing what possible questions/ problems students may have. I feel the students know the material better and have a greater understanding of the concepts. I use chants and songs all the time. Kids who are in older grades still remember them!"
-I believe my students are more capable this year now that they use what I've taught.
-They have become more of a mathematician. Instead of me just talking and telling them how to do something. They have become students who try to figure things out and teach each other and talk about they have done more.
-My students are engaged in math, confident, and my test scores have increased a ton this year.
-Students are more immersed in the program. I have seen clear examples of how to implement daily routines and practice so I’m doing them correctly and kids are too. I see the reasoning behind lessons that seemed random and out of place so I take the time to think about incorporating them in my plans.
-I think, honestly, the squad has freed me up as a teacher to not be overwhelmed with planning and prepping, that I find more joy in teaching! And having a joyful teacher is good for everyone :) Students have enjoyed the activities, especially the newer ones you provided through the squad this year.
- I’m very happy with their progress in math, and I anticipated many more gaps and struggles. I think the squad is a big part of that success!
-The front-loading of skills on the slides has helped the students understand the concepts quickly.
-My students have become proficient at proving their thinking using sentence stems. They also use multiple tools to show their work
-Students' problem solving has improved greatly. They are able to analyze the parts of a problem to model the situation and solve.
-I notice they are more engaged in the lessons.
-I am hoping the kids are getting better with math talk and finding solutions themselves. They seem more fluent this year in teen numbers for sure.
-My students are using more math talk and are doing more of the leading and teaching than me. They are taking accountability for their learning and showing a deeper level of understanding.
- I do believe that my students’ learning has improved as a result of my membership and improved teaching. They have a deeper understanding of the skills, not just the ability to “do the math.”
-Using the latest updated Daily Routine and Quick Practice slides has been awesome to help student math leaders shine in front of the class each day.
-I have many students that are scoring 100% on the unit tests, I have students falling in love with math, and students not wanting to go to lunch so we can finish a math problem or coming back to the class after eating instead of playing to finish a math problem, my students love being called mathematicians while explaining more than one way to solve a problem or why their answers is correct with a drawing and math vocabulary.
-Students know what to expect every day since we follow the same routines.
-My students are positively impacted as a result of my teaching being effected in a positive way.
-I think students have a better understanding visually of what a question is asking them. They can draw models of different situations
-My students are learning how to prove and defend their work.
-My learners have developed a stronger conceptual understanding. They have the capacity to justify each answer they arrive at.
-Students are more engaged in counting to 100. They love the tiny tumblers even more (I didn’t think that was possible).
-This year there are more students that say math is their favorite subject than ever before!
-Students ability to understand has increased. They are able to demonstrate their learning. Students also retain the skills to recall later.
-Student learning is the focus. Students lead my direction, not the manual. I try to be more of a listener to gain understanding of how their mind is thinking. I use that as my starting point to guide students to a more efficient and effective method.
-Math talk and expectations have improved on my end so this has affected my students.