Hannah Fulp, a 7th-grade teacher at Southeastern Randolph Middle School in Randolph County Schools (NC), has been named the Open Up Resources 6–8 Math Teacher of the Month for October. Fulp is being recognized for her outstanding work in her classroom and ongoing support of teachers across the country as a member of the Open Up Resources National Professional Learning Community.
Fulp’s work with Open Up Resources 6–8 Math makes her one of the most innovative teachers in the country. The Open Up Resources 6–8 Math curriculum inspires a new way of teaching math by transforming classrooms into hives of activity focusing on discussion, questioning, debate, and the deeper conceptual learning of mathematics that follows.
Instructional Coach, Kim Steele, nominated Fulp for her leadership at both the school and district levels during curriculum implementation. Fulp worked to lead district-level sessions on the curriculum, coach other teachers, and set an example for others. “Simply stated, Hannah is a phenomenal teacher, and we are blessed to have her working with our students and colleagues,” Steele shared.
Fulp said that she loves seeing students build connections with what they are learning and shared a recent example from her classroom. “During a number talk, my students were struggling without the use of a calculator. As we talked through one problem at a time, they were able to see how easy the problems were to solve if they connected them to the previous problem. It is amazing to see students impressed about the work they have done. The curriculum may seem like a lot at first but, when implemented correctly, the connections are so powerful,” Fulp said.
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