Voting has closed — thanks to everyone who cast their votes. Stay tuned for our finalist reveal soon!

 

In December, we put out a cross-country casting call for math teachers to submit entries for Chalkbeat’s Great American Teach-Off. The event, to be held in March at the SXSW EDU conference in Austin, Texas, will build on live-format shows that celebrate the hidden craftsmanship in other professions — think Top Chef, Project Runway, and The Voice — minus the competition. You can read more about the Teach-Off here and here.

How to vote
1. Make sure you’re logged into Facebook.
2. Hit play on the video.
2. Click the Like button in the upper right corner of the video. (The button won’t appear unless you’re logged into Facebook.)
3. Please only vote for your two favorite teams. Honor system!
4. Share and ask your friends to vote, too!

Chalkbeat combed through the entries in search of the most thoughtful and reflective responses. Now it’s up to you: Readers will select the two teams we’ll fly to Austin in March, all expenses paid.

Take a gander at the videos that the teacher applicants submitted about their craft, and cast your vote for two teams by clicking “Like” in the upper right corner on their video. The “Like” button only appears if you’re logged into Facebook. This is the honor system, please only vote for two teams. Note that applicants submitted entries based on teams of two teachers each, but only one team member may appear in the video. Voting closes Jan. 29, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET — make your voice heard before then!

Caitlin Graboski and Nicholle Weymouth, Denver Green School, Denver

“I was surprised at how much they were able to transfer the strategies they already had from two-digit addition into three-digit addition.”  – Caitlin Graboski

(If you want this team to go to Austin, click the like button in the upper right corner of the video that appears while it’s playing.)

Chad Bascombe and John Russo, Summit Academy Charter School, Brooklyn

“One of the real challenges of math at this level — right before high school — it’s the point at which the math becomes untrustworthy, the calculations are more complex.” – Chad Bascombe

(If you want this team to go to Austin, click the like button in the upper right corner of the video that appears while it’s playing.)

Eleanor Vierling and Kaitlin Ruggiero, High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology, Brooklyn 

“Right away, students were debating whether they should run down the stairs and try to go past security versus taking a zip line from the window down to the park.”  – Eleanor Vierling

(If you want this team to go to Austin, click the like button in the upper right corner of the video that appears while it’s playing.)

Martha Mulligan and Beth Runkel, Northside College Prep High School, Chicago

“In my more recent years of teaching, I’ve tried to get students more engaged and acting on their own agency to really own the material.” – Martha Mulligan

(If you want this team to go to Austin, click the like button in the upper right corner of the video that appears while it’s playing.)

Nancy Buck, The Young Women’s Leadership School of the Bronx, and Kit Golan, NYC Lab Middle School For Collaborative Studies, New York City

“As I circulated the room, I asked myself: Which students are making good connections? Who will be able to explain their thinking clearly. As well as whose voice haven’t we heard recently?”  – Kit Golan

(If you want this team to go to Austin, click the like button in the upper right corner of the video that appears while it’s playing.)

Sara Hays, Gwendolyn Woolley Elementary School, and Pamela Hays, Priest Elementary School, Las Vegas

“My partner…is also my mom!”  – Sara Hays

(If you want this team to go to Austin, click the like button in the upper right corner of the video that appears while it’s playing.)

Tim Livingston, Spring Independent School District, and Terrance O’Neil, McNabb Elementary School, Houston

“They surprised me off the jump… they caught onto that pattern quickly.” – Tim Livingston

(If you want this team to go to Austin, click the like button in the upper right corner of the video that appears while it’s playing.)

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