Mona Toncheff

Mona Toncheff is the mathematics content specialist for Phoenix Union High School District in Arizona. She has served in public education for over 20 years.
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Reflection for collaborative teams using the Rose, Bud, and Thorn technique

Learning from Our Year as a Team: Reflection Questions for Collaborative Teams

Categories: PLC

At the end of each school year, I like to ask questions to create a “pause and reflect” moment as my children and I eat around the dinner table together. This year, my two oldest children finished their junior and sophomore years in college, and my son finished his sophomore year in high school. The questions ask (1) what they did during the school year that they were most proud of, (2) some areas that they are still working on, and (3) one specific action they need to fix before they head back to school next year. Listening to my adult children this year was amazing, as I witnessed how well they are in tune with plausible growth and stretch areas for the upcoming school year.

This same thought process applies to mathematics collaborative teams and has become a tradition for the teachers I support. Read more

What is Your Mathematics Curriculum Vision?

What is your mathematics curriculum vision?

Categories: Mathematics

What is curriculum?  Ask that question to ten teachers or leaders and you will most likely receive ten different responses.  Some might state the curriculum refers to the lessons and academic content taught in the grade level or course.  Others might refer to a textbook as the curriculum. Then some might state that curriculum is the set of standards supported by the essential learning outcomes that defines what we want students to know and be able to do by the end of the year.   The bigger question as a mathematics leader is, “How do we ensure all students have access to a meaningful and coherent mathematics curriculum?” In other words, how does coherence fit into the definition of mathematics curriculum?  Read more

Leadership guidance

GPS for Mathematics Leadership

Categories: Mathematics

Do you love Google Maps as much as we do?  This one app has changed how the world travels.  When we are traveling, whether for business or family vacation, we rely heavily on this amazing app to get us where we want to go using the most direct route possible. We no longer have to bring a stack of maps and lists of all addresses needed for our trip.  Instead, when preparing for trips, we click the Google Maps’ “magical star” to save our addresses for future reference.  Then, as we travel with Google Maps, that soothing voice happily announces, “Here is the fastest route given the current traffic.”

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