Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher
When I first entered the world of Twitter, Jenise Sexton was one of my first follows. I knew of her math contributions as a state curriculum writer, and as a follower of her blog, learned of her impressive career. With only fourteen years in the profession, she has taught at the elementary and middle school levels, been a team leader, and has been in a coaching capacity at the site and district levels. It was evident to me that Jenise is a natural teacher who believes that teaching is at the center of getting better at mathematics, because twice, she chose to leave her coaching position to reenter the classroom to give her more insight.
When I finally met her in person at TMC17 in Atlanta, I was not surprised that she not once spoke of her many accomplishments, contributions, or speaking engagements, but only of the teaching and learning of mathematics, and the elevation of the profession.
Now coaching at the district level, her latest blog is unsurprisingly entitled A Case For Teacher Envy. In it, she speaks of her teachers who are just hitting the ball out of the park for their students. She specifically highlights eighth grade educator @tenaciousXpert, whose photos below give a hint of her practice.
Her room is divided into four quadrants, reinforcing vocabulary, and she methodically creates natural opportunities for students to build their math intuition.
I suspect this educator, like Jenise, sets high expectations of students, often motivating students to continue to work out the math long after class has ceased. I encourage you to read this blog and follow both educators if you haven’t already. Surely, there is much more to come from both.
Written by Marian Dingle (@DingleTeach)