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Celebrate the Solar Eclipse with your Students

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, August 18th, 2017

A natural phenomenon like the upcoming solar eclipse offers the perfect opportunity to engage students in productive, relevant STEM discussion that allows them to make connections to real world applications of their classroom math explorations. On August 21st, the world…

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3 Ways to Engage Pre-K Students in Counting

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, August 09th, 2017

The task of counting may seem simple, but as Ann Carlyle and Brenda Mercado point out in Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math, (Math Solutions, 2012), there is an important distinction between the rote or automatic counting that young children start…

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Coaching for Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
August 04th, 2017

What would you do if you noticed some of your students doing this? In the book Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone), author Elizabeth Green tells the story of noted mathematics educator…

Where’s the Math?

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
August 02nd, 2017

Students’ ideas often amaze me, and Lydia’s is one of the most suprising examples. She used 7 x 3 = 21 to figure out that 8 x 4 = 32. She reasoned that since the factors in 7 x 3 were each 1 less than the factors in 8 x 4, she’d just increase each digit in the answer, changing 21 to 32. She was correct! Read about Lydia’s discovery, what I did, and what I learned.

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Math Solutions Coaching Academy: Collaboration in Action

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, July 28th, 2017

Math Solutions coaching experts met for three days of collaboration at our 2017 Coaching Academy in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania in conjunction with the Math in Focus Institute to collaborate and focus on best coaching practices. We wanted to share a…

Coaching for Constructive Struggle

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
July 24th, 2017

In her book Faster Isn’t Smarter: Messages about Math, Teaching, and Learning in the 21st Century, Cathy Seeley talks about the importance of providing students with opportunities for constructive struggle through problem-solving experiences that are both engaging and challenging. As…

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Coaching Corner: 3 Benefits of Asking Purposeful Questions

by Brenda Konicke, Director of Professional Learning
July 12th, 2017

An effective math coach possesses a multitude of skills, but the ability to ask purposeful, targeted questions is one of the most vital to the coaching process. As coaches, we want to allow teachers to reflect on their practice and…

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3 Ways to Enhance Your Summer Professional Learning

by Patty Clark, Director of Content Development
June 22nd, 2017

Summer is an ideal time for math teachers to engage in reflective professional learning experiences. But how can you make the most of these experiences?

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Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 3

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
June 15th, 2017

Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our “Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset” blog series. Below are two conversations between a teacher and a coach. How are they different? What might the teachers’ observations and explanations…

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Developing Multiplication Strategies

by Treve Brinkman, Professional Learning Specialist
June 02nd, 2017

Once students have mastered addition and subtraction, they get to move on to bigger equations: multiplication. Many adults recall days spent memorizing tables and writing out their work, but you can take an approach that doesn’t require merely committing numbers…

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