Why I want teachers to use Partner Talk
I wasn’t “good” at math as a student. I honestly faked understanding math all the way through high school. That makes my journey to running Empower Consulting, a math professional development consultancy, both unlikely and rewarding at the same time.
I started my career as an elementary school teacher, but once I started teaching after-school math intervention, the “light bulb” really lit up. Number strategies came alive and made sense for the very first time!
Afterwards, I began implementing more teaching methods that would require students to take ownership of their math learning rather than faking their way through like I did.
I wanted to hear every single math voice, every single day in my classroom.
I’ve seen partner talk transform classrooms from a place where students are bored and disengaged to a place where learners become math teachers who are growing and taking ownership of their math learning.
Now, it is my goal to bring partner talk strategies to as many elementary teachers as possible so that they can get students who talk every day in the classroom and confidently become more proficient at math.