Math Practices for Special Populations with special guest Tammy Fellers (SpedCst #13)

Tammy #13Tammy Fellers taught high school math at Chanute and El Dorado High Schools – everything from Integrated Math to Trigonometry. In 2008, she became the principal and math teacher of a charter high school and in 2010, became the Assistant Principal at El Dorado Middle School.

Since 2012 Tammy has been an ESSDACK Consultant that focuses on assisting teachers with research-based instructional strategies and math content.

Tammy emphasizes the importance of instructional strategies setting the learner up for success by developing the understanding of math and not placing the emphasis on the speed of the math fact.

Key Questions:

1.    How do you see Math practices changing now and in the years ahead?

2.    What resources/strategies do you believe teachers need to meet the needs of 21st Century learners in general?

3.    What about Special Populations?

4.    Walk us through a few scenarios on how teachers might consider differentiating Math for SpEd.

Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) is a problem-solving mathematics program designed to improve number sense and computation for students in Kindergarten through fourth grades.  According to Tammy, a foundational principle of CGI is we don’t tell the kids what tool to use however the student decides for himself or herself what tool to use.

Show notes:

The Intentional Educator Tammy’s Website

Common Core Math


KATM – flipbooks

Dan Meyer

Children’s Mathematics by Thomas Carpenter

Tammy’s fraction packets are available at under shop products.  You may also sign up for one of Tammy’s workshops at under Workshops.

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