Spotlight on Peggy Golden

Peggy Golden

Peggy Golden always aims to help her students seek the “aha moment.” That instant of discovery in every lesson, she says, is as powerful with fourth-graders as it is with adult learners.

“That’s where it gets fun,” Ms. Golden says. “If I just show everyone what I already know, that’s no fun.”

She has taught nearly every elementary grade level in addition to middle school special education and college-level instruction at SUNY Oneonta. Ms Golden has also worked for Broome-Tioga BOCES and as a curriculum writer and presenter for Eureka Math.

Her workshops and in-district work for the Southern Westchester BOCES are centered around math instruction aligned to the Next Generation Learning Standards. 

The workshops are designed to benefit those who attend early in the year in preparation for coming changes as well as those who attend later workshops, where they can reflect and plan for the future. Her in-district work is customized not only to schools’ needs but also toward developing their strengths.  

“We are working with teachers, teaching best practices, strategies and models,” says Ms. Golden. “I always want my participants to see the big picture. It’s about where do I want them to go next, and how do I get them there.

That includes focus on deep-thinking questions that go back to the Standards for Mathematical Practices. “Those are the big ideas and how you can help children think,” she says.