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Fibonacci Day Fun with Math Matters

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, November 23rd, 2019

This article is excerpted from Math Matters: Understanding the Math You Teach, Grades K–8, Second Edition by Suzanne H. Chapin and Art Johnson One of the most famous patterns is the Fibonacci sequence, which is made up of Fibonacci numbers. Fibonacci was the nickname of Leonardo de Pisa, an Italian mathematician (1175–1245); he is best known…



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Instructional Coaching: an ‘Aha’ Moment about the Power of Questions

by Mary Mitchell, Senior Instructional Designer
November 15th, 2019

I recently joined a 5K training group. There are people in the group who volunteer to serve as coaches to individuals who seek to move themselves from a sedentary lifestyle toward a more active one. In my role as a math coach, this was a great experience for me. It really got me thinking about…



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Representations Matter

by Le’Vada Gray, Director of Professional Learning
November 12th, 2019

Recently, I was in a school bathroom and saw a beautiful painting hanging on the wall of an African woman dressed in African garb. I was immediately filled with awe and joy because the painting radiated beauty and was a positive image in a surprising place. I am often one of few African American women…



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We Ask, We Listen, We Learn

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
October 29th, 2019

How much is 12.6 × 10? This is a question from the Math Reasoning Inventory (MRI) decimal assessment. What do you think were the most common incorrect answers given by the more than 7,800 students who figured out the answer in their heads? And what about the boy who answered, “One hundred twenty and thirty-fifths?”



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The Challenges of Teaching Math to English Learners

by Rusty Bresser, Author, Math Solutions
October 18th, 2019

Many educators share the misconception that because it uses symbols, mathematics is not associated with any language or culture and is ideal for facilitating the transition of recent immigrant students into English instruction. To the contrary, language plays an important role in learning mathematics. Teachers use language to explain mathematical concepts and carry out math procedures.…



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Fix It: An Activity for Ordering Fractions

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
September 20th, 2019

This post was originally published on Marilyn Burns’ Math Blog. Involving students as creators of problems for others to solve provides an experience for them that’s different from the teacher always being the source of problems. Also, when students have opportunities to solve their classmates’ problems, I find that they invest in their learning in a different way, often with…



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Who’s Doing the Work?

by Jennifer Lenhardt, Senior Instructional Designer
September 07th, 2019

During Matt Larson’s webinar Overcoming Obstacles to Make Mathematics Work FOR Students he shared this quote from Dylan Wiliam’s book Embedded Formative Assessment: If your students are going home at the end of the day less tired than you are, the division of labor in your classroom requires some attention. It got me good, as…



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“A Learning Mindset”: Method to the Mathness Podcast Episode 5 with Anthony Colannino

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, July 01st, 2019

This month’s podcast episode features educator and champion of learning, Anthony Colannino. Anthony’s contagious passion for learning, growing, asking questions, and finding the most meaningful methods for offering feedback are key components of how he supports teachers and school leaders in operationalizing mindset research. Listen in as Anthony shares his experiences and practices for creating…



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“Mathematics and Social Justice”: Method to the Mathness Podcast Episode 4 with Tonya Clarke, Ph.D.

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, May 29th, 2019

This month’s podcast episode spotlights educator Dr. Tonya Clarke. As the coordinator of K-12 Mathematics for a large public school system in the greater Atlanta area, Dr. Clarke knows first-hand the challenge of keeping math relevant for the students she serves. In this episode she shares her incredible experience using current events to spark student…



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10 reasons to celebrate Math Solutions Turning 35

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, May 16th, 2019

This year we celebrate Math Solutions turning 35. We asked our team of extraordinary Directors of Professional Learning to share their reasons to celebrate 35 years of Math Solutions. Reason 1: Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions “Math Solutions is a community. We learn together, from each other, and with each other.” Reason 2: The 35th…



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