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Key Beliefs That Support Effective Mathematics Instruction

As teachers, we must cultivate the structures and beliefs in a classroom community that lay the foundation for the mathematical growth of our students. Our foundation is built on a set of nine key beliefs.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Jun 4, 2018 9:38:44 AM

When Things Don't Seem To Be Working...

Teaching elementary school math can be unpredictable and challenging, but you're not alone. Here are a few tips and tricks that keep us going when the going gets tough!  (continue reading)
Frances Lown May 7, 2018 7:03:00 AM

Making Mathematical Argumentation Accessible to All

To allow all learners to engage in argumentation, we as teachers need to develop our confidence in planning for the wide range of learners in our classrooms. How can argumentation be a goal and an expectation for all students?  (continue reading)
Steph George Apr 16, 2018 2:32:16 PM

Getting To Know Your Math Students

At the beginning of the school year, one of the most important things we do as teachers is get to know our children. It is during this “get to know you” time that we can easily learn about our students’ confidence levels.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Apr 10, 2018 7:18:00 AM

Learning to Persevere in Mathematics

One of the most important factors in successful student-centered instruction and learning is perseverance. If we let our students give up after the first try or get overly frustrated when they make a mistake, we are doing them a great disservice.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Apr 2, 2018 6:37:00 AM

Using Visual Models in Math Class

We use mathematical notation because it strips away all the extraneous information and helps us communicate as directly as we can about mathematical ideas. We couldn’t live in a world where all quantities were represented with dots or hash marks. We need abstract representations of numbers.  (continue reading)
Steph George Mar 22, 2018 10:53:00 AM

How Cooperative Learning Supports Students' Mathematical Thinking

In order for students to learn and understand mathematical concepts, they must live in classrooms that support cooperative learning and mathematical discourse. Students develop an understanding of mathematics when in an atmosphere where they feel safe to learn, take risks, make mistakes, and grow.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 21, 2018 8:14:00 AM

Teaching the Art of Asking Questions

Teaching questioning skills is not an easy process. It involves patience, scaffolding, and focused instruction. Asking a question is not something that a lot of our students know how to do innately, especially at the primary level.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Mar 14, 2018 8:39:56 AM

Principals, Coaches, and Teachers, Oh My!

I recently received this question about coaching on my website: Is it the coach's responsibility to report the teachers' flaws to the principal?  (continue reading)
Josh Evans Jan 3, 2018 5:31:06 AM

Contexts for Learning Math: Hear Cathy Fosnot speak near you

Contexts for Learning Math: Hear Cathy Fosnot speak near you  (continue reading)
Josh Evans Dec 11, 2017 11:33:30 AM

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