S2E2: Mistakes Allow Thinking to Happen (M.A.T.H.)

Kelly DeLong is a passionate K-12 mathematics educator with a long history of curriculum innovation.  Engaging mathematics professional development is a hallmark of Kelly’s administrative career.  She loves watching teachers have “Ah-Ha” moments around mathematics content.  Kelly is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for Mathematics and former Director of K-12 Math and Science with Richmond County Schools (NC).  She believes that a vibrant mathematics classroom in which students develop conceptual understanding of mathematics and fluency with basic math facts is a fundamental educational right for all children. Her mantra is “MATH= Mistakes Allow Thinking to Happen.” This mantra focuses on the nature of problem solving as a way of life.
Highlights to talk about
·  MATH mantra (Mistakes Allow Thinking to Happen)- Shifting the focus in the math classroom to culture building
·  Current topics in math education that are near and dear to my heart
§  Number talks
§  Math Fact Fluency
§  Building conceptual understanding of mathematics topics
§  Small group math workstations to build mathematics understanding
§  The power of Concrete Representational and Abstract. Appropriate technology integration comes with prudent diversity of learning.
·  Mathematics leadership requires focus (slow and steady) and relationship building (it’s always about buy-in from teachers).
·  Important to “hang with the varsity squad” if you want to grow as a leader.

About the Author


Robert Breyer is the “proud” principal of Cameron Elementary School in Cameron, NC. He also makes time to coach aspiring leaders who are looking to make the transition from teacher to administration. He is the host of The Guiding Principals Podcast, where he encourages visionary school leaders to share the stories of their own leadership journey and celebrates their successes along the way. Connect with Robert on his website at www.beyondthedeskleadership.com or via Twitter @rbleads

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