First Days and Beyond

Ah! The first day of school — excited greetings between long-time friends, fearful glances from new students, wistful looks from parents dropping off their kindergarteners for the first time. So much emotion. So much opportunity.

Like you, I am an educator embarking on a new school year. In my role, I ask myself, “Will I do right by these children and the teachers who work with them every day? Will I provide the proper balance of challenge and inspiration? Will my goals for them help them grow and flourish?” Like you, I seek ways to continually improve my practice. Like you, I seek colleagues with whom I can share ideas and from whom I can learn.

In that vein, I invite you to continue the journey with us each week as we continue to build a community of educators — truth seekers of authentic, meaningful, inspiring ways to make a difference in the lives of children and those who teach them. Our particular context is mathematics teaching and learning, with a focus on the whole child. We discuss things that matter in our professional practice. We engage in professional dialogue, intent on supporting one another. We each become stronger as we share ideas and learn from one another.

I hope you will find this community to be a dynamic place of information, interaction, and collaboration – a network to turn to when you’re looking for ways to support those with whom you work, a place to engage in professional dialogue, a source of new ideas and strategies, a home to find colleagues who have your back.

We are here for you!

As we begin this new school year, let’s do it together.  What are some issues that you, as mathematics teachers and leaders, think bear exploration and discussion? We are hoping that each of you will contribute an idea or two to our “Exploration Bank.” The Comment section below is the perfect place.
Kimberly Rimbey, Ph.D., works with teachers and leaders to develop system-wide change in mathematics teaching and learning.

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