Crate & Barrel Grant: Building Thinking Classrooms with Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces

  • School Year: 2022-2023
  • Applicants: Alicia Almagro, Lead Applicant
  • School: Sedgwick Middle School
  • Subjects: Math

Peter Liljedahl's "Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics" provides 14 teaching practices to enhance learning. One of the big ideas is the use of "Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces" which has students working on large vertical whiteboards in small groups. There are many benefits to this strategy including mobility of knowledge, increased student engagement, and increased risk-taking. By using whiteboards for thinking tasks in the math classroom, students at Sedgwick Middle School will feel more comfortable problem solving in a way that promotes student thinking rather than relying heavily on the teacher. After a couple years of pandemic learning we have an increased need to engage students in a learning environment that necessitates student hinking and collaboration. We are excited to put into action the teaching practices discussed in "Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics" and use vertical non-permanent surfaces to truly make this work for our students.

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