coach life · professional development

One Good Thing


As a math coach, often my day is spent in isolation looking at data, making plans, updating a website, and/or checking email.  If I’m lucky, I get to spend time in the classrooms of the teachers I am coaching.  I made it a goal when I started this position to be in classrooms as much as possible.  Little did I realize how hard this goal would be sometimes.  I’m often pulled in so many different directions, getting into the classrooms is tough, which I don’t like.  I think I’m most effective when I know what’s going on in the classrooms with the teachers and especially the students.

So today, when I first walked in to the building, I was immediately asked to go cover a 7th grade math class!  Yay!  There was just one little issue, I didn’t get a chance to find out what I was supposed to be doing with the students because it was a last minute emergency situation.  Luckily, because I had been planning with the teachers, I had an idea of something I could do with them.  It was something I knew the classroom teacher was implementing.

On our second day back to school after break, our district had a PD day.  One of the sessions I was lucky to attend was with the very talented Kim Sutton.  She had shown us in the training about color coding factors on a number line.  This was something she said need to start in elementary school, but that it wasn’t too late to introduce it to the middle schoolers.  I knew the teacher whose room I was covering had started this project, so I just picked right up where she left off.  Here’s an example of a finished number line.


As you can see, each number that has a factor of 2 has a red dot above it.  Factors of 3 have a green dot and so on.  It’s a great visual for the students and having them fill it out leads to so much great conversation.  I had a wonderful time asking them to discover patterns.  It was such a wonderful time interacting with the students!  It was one GREAT thing today.


5 thoughts on “One Good Thing

  1. Neat! I’m curious, was there a stopping point to which numbers are considered factors. For example, did you have a unique color for 50 to show that it’s a factor of 100? Or did you have a cut off and only color-coded certain factors moving forward?


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