Thanks again to Brenda at Primary Inspired for getting this party started!!
I couldn't agree more with Laney Sammons on page 106:
Before discarding methods entirely in our efforts to improve our instruction, we should evaluate their effectiveness in a variety of contexts.
While whole-class instruction may not be the most effective approach for all lessons, it can be used quite effectively for some instructional purposes.
I graduated and started teaching first grade in the early 90's. After I had my second child, I decided to take a break from teaching and stay home to play with my babies. Five kids and 12 years later I came back to find that what had once been best teaching practices, were far out of date with current research. The past four years have been an exciting time for me as I have taken what I know to work from past experience, and meshed it with what research is showing to be the most effective teaching methods now. What I have learned from this experience is that I have to trust myself, and do what is best for kids.
I have always loved reading and discussing math related literature with my whole class. Here are some of my favorites: