Research & Resources

Effective Professional Learning is based on extensive in-classroom research, incorporating the most innovative strategies and “best practices.”

RESEARCH-BASED STRATEGIES & RESOURCES

The following instructional needs—absolutely essential to improving instruction and student outcomes—drive the design of all Math Solutions courses, consulting, coaching, and resources

“ Standards by themselves cannot raise achievement. Standards don’t stay up late at night working on lesson plans, or stay after school making sure every student learns — it’s teachers who do that.”
—Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, K–8 Publishers’ Criteria

At Math Solutions, we design relevant experiences that address pedagogical content knowledge. Different from the content a mathematician might need, pedagogical content is the knowledge necessary to facilitate student understanding of ideas and concepts.

• Teachers must engage student preconceptions
• Understanding requires factual knowledge and conceptual frameworks
• A metacognitive approach enables student self-monitoring
—“How Students Learn Mathematics in the Classroom,”National Research Council (2005)

At Math Solutions, we design relevant experiences that address pedagogical content knowledge. Different from the content a mathematician might need, pedagogical content is the knowledge necessary to facilitate student understanding of ideas and concepts.

“ Formative assessment is a process used by teachers and students
during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching
and learning to improve students’ achievement of intended
instructional outcomes.”
—Students and Teachers State Collaborative on Assessment (2006)

At Math Solutions, we design relevant experiences that address pedagogical content knowledge. Different from the content a mathematician might need, pedagogical content is the knowledge necessary to facilitate student understanding of ideas and concepts.

“ To be effective, teachers…need to understand and be committed to their students as learners of mathematics and as human beings and be skillful in choosing from and using a variety of pedagogical and assessment strategies.”
—NCTM “Principles and Standards for School Mathematics” (2000)

At Math Solutions, we help educators experience “best practice” strategies—a focus on environment, communication, tasks, and instructional strategies—from a student perspective