I fell upon a doozie of a post tonight. Sometimes I think that there are math angels working for Twitter and they generously throw the exact stuff I need to read into my Twitter feed. Tonight, I read this post, "No More Mathematical Matchmaking: the Return of the Inaba Place Value Puzzles" by Jenna Laib (@JennaLaib) It was the perfect follow up to a couple of Mark Chubb's posts I've read recently. I tweeted precisely this idea.
There is a teacher in my building who has said things that have been critical of the way my co-teacher and I "do" inclusion. Reading Mark Chubb's posts validated everything I feel and believe about inclusion and what it should look like. If you've read his posts but can't quite picture what it looks like in a real classroom then read Jenna Leib's post because she illustrates her inclusion practice and use of a low-ceiling/high-floor task to meet the needs of all learners.
Being fairly progressive and feeling judged by your colleagues is a tough nut to swallow. Pile on some, "the superintendent and principal prefer that inclusion is done the way I do it" sentiment and you become susceptible to self-trash-talk where the end result is your self-esteem spiraling down the toilet.
What I'd like to do: