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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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Join Math Solutions at NCTM 2019!

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

Hello fellow math educators! We hope you will be joining us in San Diego, CA for the NCTM conference next week. If you’re going, make sure these thought-provoking sessions with our authors and professional learning experts make it onto your schedule. Visit our booth #1225 for fun activities and delicious treats, and take a moment to…



Join Math Solutions at NCSM 2019!

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, March 28th, 2019

Are you ready for NCSM 2019 in San Diego, CA? We can’t wait to see you in our Booth 113 for a Math Workshop Essentials: Developing Number Sense signing with authors Rusty Bresser & Caren Holtzman. We have a full lineup of professional learning sessions for you to check out as well. Hope to see you there!   …



“Today is the Day”: Method to the Mathness Podcast Episode 2 with Jennifer Lempp

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, March 21st, 2019

It’s time for another episode of Method to the Mathness, our podcast for math educators, by math educators, about the universal truths in math education. In our second episode, hosts Nikki La Londe and Jennifer Lenhardt talk with Math Workshop author Jennifer Lempp about her math story, how she became an advocate for the Math Workshop model…



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The Power of Student Choice: Motivating Learners Who Struggle With Math

by Le’Vada Gray, Director of Professional Learning
March 18th, 2019

Outside of the polar vortexes and sudden snowstorms, winter is growing on me because there’s nothing like standing outside when it snows and having an opportunity to hear . . . nothing. I take advantage of those quiet moments as I watch the snow fall (or pause from my grumbling about shoveling snow) to reflect.…



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