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How Games Help Build Numerical Fluency

Whether before school, embedded in the school day, after school, or at home, games offer engaging, active learning, and meaningful math practice. Here are some quick tips for successfully implementing math games!  (continue reading)
Steph George Nov 28, 2018 6:38:00 AM

Allowing Struggle and Sense-Making in Mathematics

Struggle is how we learn. Rich tasks provoke productive struggle, during which students actively struggle through a problem as they work to make sense of it.  (continue reading)
Steph George Oct 31, 2018 7:31:00 AM

The Foundations of Numerical Fluency

Understanding what the whole is, what the parts are, how they are related, and what might be missing in a particular problem are all critical aspects of numerical fluency.  (continue reading)
Steph George Oct 30, 2018 7:22:00 AM

Math: Why Doesn't Yours Look Like Mine?

Math has moved on: now, instead of merely memorizing multiplication tables, students are expected to know what multiplication means and use more than one strategy to solve, then explain their thinking to peers and teachers. Let’s talk about why that is and how parents can help.  (continue reading)
Steph George Oct 24, 2018 7:53:00 AM

Choosing Rich Math Tasks

Just as conferring is one part of the readers’ and writers’ workshop and could not be implemented in isolation, conferring in mathematics must take place on a broader instructional stage. But if tasks in the classroom don’t demand deep thinking, we’re left with thin conversations about answers.  (continue reading)
Steph George Oct 15, 2018 10:03:56 AM

Six Processes for Developing Numerical Fluency

There are six identifiable processes that support the development of numerical fluency. these processes are not unique to numerical fluency−in fact, the same processes are essential for the development of spatial sense, algebraic reasoning, and other big ideas in mathematics.  (continue reading)
Steph George Oct 10, 2018 7:19:00 AM

Encouraging Mathematical Confidence

There is a pervasive belief in our culture that being good at math is an innate ability. As teachers, we need to reinforce a growth mindset in our students. Here's where you can start...  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Sep 3, 2018 5:46:00 AM

The Challenge of Teaching in Ways We Were Not Taught

There is an unacceptable chasm between traditional mathematics instruction, that rarely works for more than one-third on our students, and this kind of mathematics instruction, that truly empowers nearly all students.  (continue reading)
Steph George Aug 13, 2018 12:28:44 PM

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

Wrap-Up: PLC Series 2017-2018

Here are all of the posts from the year, listed with their guiding questions, so you can easily find those that might support your professional learning this summer and into next school year.  (continue reading)
Jaclyn Karabinas Jun 4, 2018 12:01:00 AM

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