We learn best when we struggle together, make mistakes, and adjust accordingly. It's a learning cycle in which we become empowered with understanding and confidence.
If students aren't struggling with a problem, then we as teachers aren't giving them the opportunity to learn--they already know it. Teachers tend to be nurturers; we want students to "understand" and many times resort to "giving answers." Students, too, need to experience disonance with problem situations and work together with students who are grappling with the same concept(s), so they can learn to persevere and become problem solvers.
"What a child can do in cooperation today, [he] can do alone tomorrow." -- Lev Vygotsky on the "Zone of Proximal Development." Contact Information: Jenny C. Ray, Kentucky Department of Education/ Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services Email: Jenny.Ray@education.ky.gov
About me: Current Position: Currently, I am a Professional Growth & Effectiveness System (PGES) Consultant who serves superintendents, principals, other district and school leaders in supporting teachers in 17 districts in the northern Kentucky region. For the past three years I worked with these same districts in the field and led a Mathematics Teacher Leader Network as the region's Mathematics Specialist. In that capacity, I worked with K-12 teachers in using research-based, Highly-Effective Teaching and Learning strategies to teach mathematics, and the Common Core State Standards/KCAS, specifically. I am a free resource to Kentucky public school districts and spend most days 'in the field' working with school principals and district leaders in the Teacher Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (TPGES) and the Principal Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PPGES).
Formerly, I was a high school principal (4 years) and taught high school mathematics, regular and College Board AP, for twelve years prior to becoming a school administrator. I received my Rank I certification (Instructional Leadership--Principalship) from Northern Kentucky University, and my Master's Degree and Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from Georgetown College.
On a personal note, I am a wife and mother of three sons.
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