feedback Archives - Mary Kienstra

Two Words: Small Group

By: Mary Kienstra on: December 31, 2016  in: assessment, differentiation, Engagement, feedback

So many teaching strategies come and go.  There’s always a new idea or the latest gimmick to engage kids in learning.  We have endless lists of buzz words and terms that describe various aspects of teaching and learning.  Of all the strategies I’ve employed, the one that engages my students the most consistently is two words: […] Read more


Feedback Partners

By: Mary Kienstra on: February 9, 2016  in: Engagement, feedback

There is never enough time for a teacher to provide face to face feedback for each student for every lesson.  Our time is always at a premium, but we know that feedback is key to learning,  letting students know what they are doing well and where they need to improve.  This year in my class, […] Read more


Games: the Best Math Engagement Strategy

By: Mary Kienstra on: November 17, 2014  in: Engagement, feedback, games

Games are always a good way to boost student engagement in math.  There’s something about adding a bit of friendly competition to motivate students to work hard.  I use many different games and variations of games in my math classroom.  One of my favorites for teaching factors and multiples is on the website, Calculation Nation, a game site affiliated with […] Read more


Doing Something Right

By: Mary Kienstra on: March 22, 2014  in: #tlap, Engagement, feedback, inspiration, Math

Two essentials for performing at your best are inspiration and feedback.  This past week, I was fortunate enough to have large doses of each.  It was quite a week!From time to time we all need inspiration.  We need inspiration when things get boring or routine.  Sometimes inspiration just reminds us to keep striving, keep working […] Read more