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Junior Kindergarten is a place where mistakes and successes happen everyday, and we learn from both. It’s part of the learning process! 

“Oops! Let’s try this again!” is something that children and adults alike are often heard to say in any school setting. Rheta DeVries and Christina Sales’ Ramps and Pathways – A Constructivist Approach to Physics with Young Children is a book that we have found to be a helpful model to use as we help children to learn from and guide the mistakes that they make in the building process. “When people ask for a definition of ...Read more

blog_mathfluency-1.jpgAs we approach the last semester of first grade, most first graders feel confident with addition facts to 10. Students will continue to prepare for second grade and build addition facts to 20 using techniques such as counting-on, making-ten, identifying fact families, and using number bonds. After they learn these techniques, they can start to recall...Read more

I (Jamie) still remember the day I walked into a coworker’s classroom and proudly showed him a poster I had made for my fourth graders who were struggling with long division. On the large sheet of paper, I had written a catchy mnemonic device and carefully drawn a related picture to spell out the steps to follow when solving a division problem. As a third-year teacher, I thought it was not only “Pinterest-worthy,” but also a flawless way to get my students to follow the process of long division. I was a bit taken aback when my coworker was much less enthusiastic about my poster. Instead,...Read more

While conducting a literature review on teacher enthusiasm during my graduate studies, I discovered that there are numerous positive effects on students when educators are enthusiastic about teaching and passionate about their content areas. The literature review consistently revealed greater amounts of intrinsic motivation and self-efficacy among students when high levels of teacher enthusiasm were present. 

Joining the fifth grade teaching team at Rossman this year has only increased my awareness of the positive effects that teacher enthusiasm can have on student outcomes. For Mr...Read more

This fall I’ve been working my way through Jo Boaler’s book, Mathematical Mindsets (2015). Boaler has authored fourteen books, numerous research articles and is currently a Mathematics Education Professor at Stanford University. Her resources and philosophies about education have been very inspiring to me; they are changing the way I think about math, talk about math, and teach math. In the opening chapters of Mathematical Mindsets, Boaler outlines and dispels common myths that most of us have believed about math. She argues that these myths inhibit learning. I think many...Read more

Great Stories. Great Graduates. A special interview featuring a mother-daughter duo.

Benjamin Franklin once said, "An education is the investment with the greatest returns." A friend of mine who sent her daughter to Rossman years ago is always quick to share that it was one of her best investments. Funny thing is, her Rossman alum daughter now enjoys a burgeoning career in NYC in the field of investments. As head of school, I am always curious to learn what families value in a Rossman education, so I enthusiastically took the opportunity to interview this mother...Read more

Great Stories. Great Graduates.

It is my honor to introduce you to another incredible Rossman alumnus who truly makes a positive impact everywhere he goes. I had the opportunity to catch up with Sohan Kancherla as he began the second semester of his freshman year at Harvard University. Enjoy the following interview with a humble young man who embodies the Rossman mission of commitment to excellence.

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What are fractions? If you ask a third grader, they can tell you. We recently learned the parts of a fraction, compared fractions, drew fractions, converted improper fractions into mixed fractions, and much more. After spending weeks learning about fractions, we wanted to reinforce some of what the students learned in a fun and creative way.

Papa Johns Pizza was very willing to help our students with this project by donating 27 empty pizza boxes. Our students were asked to do the following:

  1. Divide your pizza into at least 8 pieces.
  2. Represent at least 5
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“But… when will I ever have to use this?”

This is one of the most common questions that math teachers get asked. While some teachers find this question a nuisance, I think it is actually one of the best inquiries a student can make. I believe that students learn best when they have a genuine interest in and purpose for the material they’re learning. One way that I generate interest and purpose in math class is by having students complete math projects. Let me bring the term “math project” to life by walking you through our most recent one.

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Junior Kindergarten naturally incorporates STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) throughout the school day. This solid foundation for a Rossman education is built through play and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities. As teachers, we provide the materials and initiate the activities, but it is important to know when to step back and allow a child’s natural curiosity, interest and problem solving skills to take over. Excitement for learning is evident as the...Read more


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