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Join Us for our #InspireMathCulture Twitter Chat on the Power of Math Stories

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

Do you want to inspire a culture of mathematics in your classroom and school? Join @Math_Solutions for our first #InspireMathCulture Twitter chat of 2019 Tuesday, January 29th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT.   Nikki La Londe, Director of Professional Learning, and Nicole Bridge, Professional Learning Consultant, will co-lead a discussion on how our personal math stories affect…



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Teaching Adding Decimals: What If You Give the Answer First?

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
January 18th, 2019

I struggle with how to teach topics that revert to learning procedures, too often without understanding. Take adding decimals. This is typically part of grade 5 math instruction. But every time I’ve given students the reminder to line up the decimal points and then add, I’m reminded of the fraction counterpart: Yours is not to…



Coaching Corner: 3 Benefits of Asking Purposeful Questions

by Brenda Konicke, Director of Professional Learning
January 04th, 2019

An effective math coach possesses a multitude of skills, but the ability to ask purposeful, targeted questions is one of the most vital to the coaching process. As coaches, we want to allow teachers to reflect on their practice and on the impact they’re having on students, as well as to think about how they…



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Join Us for a #MathWorkshopChat 12/19 on Student Reflection

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, December 19th, 2018

Are you interested in putting your students at the center of learning with the math workshop model of instruction? Join @Math_Solutions for our December #MathWorkshopChat on Wednesday, December 19th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. Brenda Konicke, Director of Professional Learning, and Jennifer Lempp, author of Math Workshop: Five Steps to Implementing Guided Math, Learning Stations, Reflection,…



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The Power of “Yet”

by Julie McNamara, Math Solutions Author
December 17th, 2018

On a recent walk through my neighborhood I came across a father teaching his young son how to ride a bicycle. The father was holding on to the bike as the boy sat atop the seat, gripping the handlebars tightly. It appeared that the father was much more confident in the boy’s ability to learn…



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3 Ways to Engage Pre-K Students in Counting

by Treve Brinkman, Director of Professional Learning
December 12th, 2018

The task of counting may seem simple, but as Ann Carlyle and Brenda Mercado point out in Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math, (Math Solutions, 2012), there is an important distinction between the rote or automatic counting that young children start with, and the eventual formulation of a deeper cognitive connection to the meaning of the…



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Coaching: The Answer to the Implementation Dip

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
December 07th, 2018

Educators know what a good mathematics classroom looks like (see the Math Solutions Instructional Practices Inventory) and we want to provide this type of learning environment for every one of our students. Unfortunately, implementation of research-based instructional practices across all mathematics classrooms has proven challenging. This is due, in part, to a phenomenon known as…



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We Ask, We Listen, We Learn

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
November 29th, 2018

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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Coaching for Constructive Struggle

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
November 20th, 2018

In her book Faster Isn’t Smarter: Messages about Math, Teaching, and Learning in the 21st Century, Cathy Seeley talks about the importance of providing students with opportunities for constructive struggle through problem-solving experiences that are both engaging and challenging. As students engage in constructive struggle, they construct deep personal understanding of the mathematical ideas that…



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Representations Matter

by Le’Vada Gray, Director of Professional Learning
November 12th, 2018

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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