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Developing Math Coaching Expertise

by Mary Mitchell, Development Manager
March 24th, 2017

Over ten years ago I moved from being a classroom teacher into the role of being a math coach. My first assignment included two elementary schools, which meant I was supporting approximately 36 teachers. My only experiences with school leadership…



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Actionable Feedback as a Means of Promoting a Growth Mindset

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
March 21st, 2017

We know it’s important to encourage our students to adopt a growth mindset towards their mathematical abilities. But when we draw a smiley face on a student’s paper or say “good job,” are we building a growth or a fixed…



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Join Math Solutions for our March 2017 #NumberTalksChat

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, March 17th, 2017

It’s time for another Twitter live chat on fractions, decimals, and percentages! Please join @Math_Solutions for our March #NumberTalksChat on Wednesday, March 29th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. Two lucky participants will be randomly selected to receive copies of Sherry Parrish and…



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Teacher Mindsets and Student Learning

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
March 16th, 2017

On the first day of my Mathematics Methods course for preservice teachers, I ask my students to solve the Dealing in Horses Problem from Marilyn Burns’ book About Teaching Mathematics, Fourth Edition: I ask my students to consider the problem individually…



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Happy Pi Day: Book Giveaway

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, March 14th, 2017

It’s that time of year again – time to celebrate pi! How are you celebrating Pi Day in your classroom? If you’re looking for Pi Day resources, we’ve got you covered. Check out Treve Brinkman’s Why We Celebrate Pi blog…



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Why We Celebrate Pi Day

by Treve Brinkman, Professional Learning Specialist
March 13th, 2017

Also known as March 14th, Pi Day is when mathematicians and math lovers around the world celebrate pi, often approximated to 3.14, which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. The circle is often the first shape…



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Making Math Homework Count

by Annette Raphel, Professional Learning Consultant
March 10th, 2017

What constitutes good and meaningful math homework? Through a rich bank of math homework assignments, teachers come to see how homework can reinforce skills, prepare students for future lessons, extend their mathematical knowledge, and inspire their creativity. Take this example: Homework:…



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Measuring Circles

by Fred Rectanus, Professional Learning Consultant
March 08th, 2017

Each year our middle school celebrates the circle and its mathematical relationships on “Pi Day,” March 14, using the date of 3/14 to honor the 3.14 approximation of pi. A local bakery donates pies and, in every math class, students…



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Helping Struggling Students Build a Mathematical Mindset

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
March 03rd, 2017

Recent research on mathematical mindsets is turning some long-standing beliefs about mathematics learning on their heads. These studies have important implications for classroom teachers and mathematics coaches. What do we want our students to know about mathematical mindsets? Here are…



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Beyond Pizzas & Pies: Interview with Julie McNamara

by Tara, Guest Interviewer, The Elementary Math Maniac
February 28th, 2017

Today we’re thrilled to welcome Tara from The Elementary Math Maniac to the blog to share the second part of her interview with Julie McNamara, author of Beyond Pizzas & Pies and Beyond Invert & Multiply. You can read the…



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