It is no secret that teaching math looks very different than it did 15 years ago.  It can be challenging to use best practices for math instruction, especially for those of us who are trying to teach math in a completely different way than the way we were taught. It is always refreshing to hear experts who can share practical ideas in a way that is easy to understand.  That breath of fresh air is Susan O’Connell. Listen as she shares about the person who first helped her make real sense of math.  


Susan O’Connell is the co-author of many books that teachers have found helpful.  These books present teaching methods that help students understand the mathematical concepts.  Some of these books include Mastering the Basic Facts series and Putting the Practices into Action.  She has also authored Introduction to Problem Solving for the K-2 and the 3-5 grades.

It is Sue’s most recent work is really getting people talking.  She has co-authored a series of books called Math In Practice.  This series contains grade level books full of classroom activities for teaching mathematical thinking and concepts.  Not only do these books have classroom ideas, but they contain the purpose of the activities.  Both new teachers and veteran teachers have enthusiastically said what a valuable resource this series is.  Listening to Sue speak will leave you with the same feeling. You will walk away with practical ideas for ways to get students talking and thinking about math.  Whether you are new to teaching math, or you are an expert, you will want to hear Sue’s thoughts on math instruction when she speaks at Summer Institute on Friday.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to perfect your craft of teaching mathematics!

Follow Sue on Twitter: @SueOConnellMath

Don’t miss her website: Quality Teacher Development

04.21.2013-20.59Guest Writer: LORI HOCHSTETLER has been the district K-5 Math Coach for Middlebury Community Schools for the past 11 years.  She also has over 20 years of experience teaching 6th grade math.  Her favorite activities outside of school include traveling and trying new things with her two teenage children.


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