Hands-On Math – Ms. Toliver describes and demonstrates a “hands-on” approach to mathematics instruction, and strategies to get students actively involved in their classwork. Interviews with Ms. Toliver and her students offer insights into subjects ranging from teamwork and planning to the need for rules in the classroom.
Mathematics and Communication – Ms. Toliver discusses and demonstrates the uses of speaking and writing as tools to develop-and assess-student understanding of math concepts. Other topics addressed include approaches to clarifying basic concepts and terms, and ways to create an atmosphere in which students can communicate freely.
Oobleck – “Oobleck” (from the Dr. Seuss book “Bartholomew and the Oobleck”) is the focal point of a lesson that combines literature, science and imagination. Ms. Toliver and her students demonstrate how motivation to learn math concepts can result from strategies that encourage creativity and curiosity.
The Math Trail – The “math trail” awakens students to the mathematics that abounds in every day life. Using concepts from their math curriculum, students create books of problems based on objects and events in their environment. At the end of the trail, students understand more about their curriculum and their community.
Good Morning Miss Toliver – A celebration of the teaching profession, and the power of a teacher’s conviction that all students can learn. This profile of East Harlem Tech/PS 72’s Kay Toliver has become one of the most-widely used staff development resources in the country. More than 10 awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Gabriel Award and the Robert Townsend Social issues Award.