A Little About Me
Hi, I'm Cathy Tebo-Butterick, though I usually go by Tebo, short and easy! I love to garden, run, read, and learn about technology. I have had the opportunity to go to ISTE twice, and each time I learn more about how to integrate 21st Century technology to give learners more of a stake in their own education. One professional goal this year is to develop student blogging into the creating of ePortfolios. I know my students have a lot to teach me along the way. We will work together to make this an adventure for all of us!
This is my 23rd year teaching, and my 4th year of teaching math specifically at the elementary level. I've always liked math, and several years ago fell in love with Singapore Math, so much so that I became a national trainer and was also able to help coach teachers at my own school during our implementation. I learn most of my math, however, from my students, as they show me both how to teach and learn math! Most of my growth has come through becoming a better 'questioner' and a better listener. Also, I have found student growth to increase exponentially the more ownership they have in their learning, through such simple means as interactive math journals/notebooks and a very simple blog. I have used both Weebly and Kidblog, and want to extend both. This website/blog is my own parallel portfolio of sorts to develop personally and professionally alongside my students developing theirs personally and professionally. I'll teach math exclusively again this year a perfect opportunity to focus in on blogging and to open the door to the development of student eportfolios.
Habits of Mind
This will be continued focus this year, as a pedagogy and underpinning of my curricular goals. Although my strand will be Math, these Habits are the foundation of lifelong learning, regardless of curricular area.
The first I heard of Habits of Mind was of Five Habits of Mind from Mission Hill School, who presented at a Brain conference a couple of years ago. Several months later, I saw reference to them again, posted on a wall at High Tech High, a totally PBL-based school I visited in Coppell. TX.
To read more about the journey from Five to Sixteen
Habits of Mind, and details of each, please see the Habits of MInd page on this website, by clicking HERE.
Here's a video of a fraction lesson, which I did as part of my PAEMST application (see separate PAEMST page). It is about naming, comparing, and composing irregular fractions and mixed numbers. 4th grade classroom.
4th Grade Teacher