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An Unusual Word Problem: “Dealing in Horses”

by Marilyn Burns, January 10th, 2017

After I told Steven, the man seated next to me on an airplane, that I was a math teacher, he described the Dealing in Horses problem that he was given at a corporate management training session. The problem has been one of my teaching staples ever since.

Data Analysis: A Lesson with Seventh and Eighth Graders

by Lainie Schuster and Nancy Canavan Anderson Asking “good” questions—questions that help students make sense of math—lies at the heart of good math teaching. In Good Questions for Math Teaching: Why Ask Them and What to Ask, Grades 5–8 (Math Solutions Publications,…

Why I Like Using Open Number Lines (Though I Don’t Like the Name)

by Marilyn Burns, December 13th, 2016

This post is about subtraction, which is typically difficult for students to learn and for teachers to teach. Think about 503 – 398, for example. To estimate the answer, I can change the problem to 500 – 400 (rounding 503 to 500 and 398 to 400). That gives me an estimate of 100, which I know is close. But how can I know if the actual answer to 503 – 398 is greater or less than 100? I raised this question with third graders.

#NumberTalksChat 11/30 Recap

by Cara Martin, December 06th, 2016

Thank you for joining us last week for our third #NumberTalksChat, and sharing your great insights! If you weren’t able to participate, here’s a quick recap of our questions and some great ideas and responses from fellow educators. To see…

It’s time to talk fractions, decimals, and percentages! Please join @Math_Solutions for our third #NumberTalksChat on Twitter next Wednesday, November 30th at 8pm ET. Two participants will be randomly selected to receive copies of Sherry Parrish and Ann Dominick’s Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, and…

Fibonacci Day Fun with Math Matters

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…

3 Tips for Developing Students’ Numerical Understanding and Skills

by Patty Clark, November 21st, 2016

There’s more to math instruction than teaching and learning procedures. Math Solutions founder Marilyn Burns has more than fifty years of teaching experience. To impact the way math is taught in the classroom, she believes the focus must be taken…

What it Means to Understand Numbers

by Jennifer Van Zante, November 11th, 2016

I received my first diary when I was six or seven years old and recently rediscovered it in a box of childhood memories. Imagine my surprise when I opened the decades-old journal to find that my first, and most frequent,…

Setting the Stage for Making Sense of Math

by Mary Mitchell, November 07th, 2016

Setting the Stage for Making Sense of Math is the second in a four-part blog series on inspiring math achievement in the classroom. To read the first blog post, head over here. At the beginning of a unit on decimals, I…

Labeling the Number Line

by Lisa Bush, November 02nd, 2016

Why are fractions on the number line so hard for students to understand, and what can teachers do to help students reason their way through them? In this clip from Beyond Pizzas & Pies, Mr. Seay demonstrates for students how to label…