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What Makes a Good Argument?

While the formality and form of these arguments will vary across grades, all students need to be able to develop, understand, and interpret arguments appropriate to their level of expertise in mathematics.  (continue reading)
Steph George May 14, 2018 7:01:00 AM

Why I Teach Math

Math is useful, but that’s not why I teach it. I don't endure the things that teachers have to endure just because I want my students to quickly calculate a 10 percent sales tax.  (continue reading)
Steph George May 9, 2018 6:46:00 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

What is Argumentation, and Why Does it Matter?

The practice of building mathematical arguments, including informal justifications, is not always at the center of mathematics instruction, particularly in K–8 grades. With this book, we hope to help you incorporate argumentation into your own teaching.  (continue reading)
Steph George Apr 30, 2018 5:43:00 AM

Thinking Together with Rozlynn Dance and Tessa Kaplan

Today on the Heinemann podcast: how do we create strong learning communities where students can feel confident in their mathematical abilities? In their new book Thinking Together: 9 Beliefs for Building a Mathematical Community, Rozlynn Dance and Tessa Kaplan celebrate student-centered strategies that empower students to take risks, ask questions, and grow as learners.  (continue reading)
Steph George Apr 26, 2018 4:00:00 AM

Celebrating Great Mistakes in the Classroom

Once students are comfortable with the idea that mistakes are great, it is important that they begin to notice them on their own. As with self-correcting while reading, we want our students to notice when they are making a mistake and make attempts to remedy it.  (continue reading)
Frances Lown Apr 18, 2018 8:54:00 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

9 Beliefs for Building a Mathematical Community

To help build a community of mathematical growth in every classroom, we've created a set of posters based on the nine key beliefs outlined in Thinking Together.  (continue reading)
Steph George Mar 28, 2018 4:46:09 PM

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