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Why Teaching? Why Blueprint? Why Me? Why You?

If you don’t need teaching as part of your life, if you don’t really love it, don’t be a teacher. But how do you know without trying it? How do you try it? How do you figure out what to do while you’re trying it out? I was asked to write a blog post about…

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Nailing the Education Interview

It’s spring, which means that school districts and education non-profits like Blueprint are already interviewing for the upcoming school year. Blueprint has interviewed over 1000 candidates over the past decade and we’d like to share some best practices and tips that bring the right people into the classroom! Tips for Math Fellow Applicants Do your…

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Supporting Students through Testing Anxiety

If you want to start a lively debate on education – bring up standardized testing! But even as a teacher who felt that these high-stakes tests exacerbated inequities and provided little actionable instructional data, I still wanted my students to do well on the tests. In fact, I felt it would be a disservice to…

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Student Confidence in Mathematics

The other day I was in a 6th grade math classroom. The scene was what you might expect: students working independently or with partners, worksheets featuring a string of problems on fraction division, the teacher pausing to address occasional outbursts. But then something magical occurred: the teacher invited students to do the problems on the…

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Why We Number Talk

Blueprint Math Fellows facilitate Number Talks to improve students’ mental math and computational strategies. In this narrative piece, one of our Lead Fellows gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what it means to orchestrate a number talk. I write the problem on the board. It almost doesn’t matter what it is. A discussion can grow…

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Jump into January

For the classroom educator, January is an opportunity to reset and refocus. It’s a fresh start for you and your students. What’s the best way to jump into January to take advantage of the new year? Here are a few suggestions based on my experience, as well as those of other teachers and Blueprint Math…

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Miss… Is That a Mariachi Band?!

The past 8 years of my life, I have been lucky enough to do two great things: travel abroad & teach kids. My experiences have taken me to the Dominican Republic, to 4th & 5th grade, across the country of Ecuador, to the founding year of a community charter, to jungles in Costa Rica, &…

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Circulating the Classroom with Purpose

Every teacher knows the power of circulating the classroom during independent or group work. It’s a great way to see what students understand, where they get stuck, and who needs additional support. But circulating in a class of 30 students is a daunting task; I remember feeling overwhelmed in my 8th grade math class because…

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11 FAQs about being a Blueprint Math Fellow

What does Blueprint do? Blueprint trains Math Fellows to tutor small groups of students in public schools. Who becomes a Blueprint Math Fellow? What fellows share is their passion for working with students and their excitement when engaging students in math. But prior to Blueprint, fellows come from all walks of life! There is no…

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Starting the year off strong

New curriculum. Seating Charts. Covid sanitation protocols. Ice breakers. Warm Up Routine. Attendance. New block schedule. Plan for advisory. Organize the materials. Notebook routine. Grade Friday quizzes. Back to school night. Tomorrow’s lesson. Ahhhhhhhhhhh! The first weeks of school are a lot. For everyone. As a Blueprint Math Fellow, how should you juggle the myriad…

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