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Tips for Differentiating Instruction

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

Differentiating sounds like a lot of work (you can’t be everywhere at once), but a few strategies may help you effectively implement differentiation without becoming overwhelmed.

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What Does Academically Productive Talk Look Like?

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, September 12th, 2017

Here are the characteristics that define an academically rewarding conversation.

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The Game of 2048

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
September 08th, 2017

Several months ago I received an email message from my friend Sandra. She wrote, “If you want something new to distract you, try playing the new game 2048. I’m finding it addicting.” I took Sandra’s advice and downloaded the free app. And, like Sandra, I found it addicting. But it also led me to think more about what I think is important when we teach math.

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Coaching: The Answer to the Implementation Dip

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
September 06th, 2017

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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Encouraging Math Talk in the Preschool and Kindergarten Classroom

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, September 01st, 2017

Why is it that engaging preschool and kindergarten students in talking about their mathematical ideas is considered such an important key to fostering the development of early math skills? What is gained by devoting valuable time and effort into classroom discussions about math, and how can teachers set the stage for lively and meaningful math…

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#MathCoachChat Recap: Questioning With a Purpose

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, September 01st, 2017

In Part 1 of our 3 part #MathCoachChat live Twitter series, we discussed how purposeful questions can maximize a coaching partnership, and how we can think about obstacles to a coaching relationship so we can focus our questioning.   We had a lively discussion with wonderful input from coaches and teachers alike. Here are a…

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Join Math Solutions for our August 2017 #MathCoachChat

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, August 22nd, 2017

Are you a coach looking for professional learning opportunities? Want to learn more about math coaching and expand your professional learning network? Join @Math_Solutions for our first #MathCoachChat on Wednesday, August 30th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. Mary Mitchell, Senior Instructional Designer, and Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist will lead a discussion on Questioning with a…

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Celebrate the Solar Eclipse with your Students

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, August 18th, 2017

A natural phenomenon like the upcoming solar eclipse offers the perfect opportunity to engage students in productive, relevant STEM discussion that allows them to make connections to real world applications of their classroom math explorations. On August 21st, the world will experience a solar eclipse, also known as “the Super Bowl of the sky.” The…

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3 Ways to Engage Pre-K Students in Counting

by Treve Brinkman, Professional Learning Specialist
August 09th, 2017

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 for Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
August 04th, 2017

What would you do if you noticed some of your students doing this? In the book Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone), author Elizabeth Green tells the story of noted mathematics educator and researcher Deborah Loewenberg Ball posing this dilemma to a group of teachers. Dr. Ball’s…

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