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Marilyn Burns on the Importance of Listening to Students

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, December 06th, 2017

Director of Professional Learning Nikki Lalonde and Senior Instructional Designer Jennifer Van Zante had the chance to talk with Math Solutions founder Marilyn Burns after her presentation at California Math Council’s conference this past weekend. Marilyn shared her insight and wisdom on the importance of listening to students in the math class, and offered advice…

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#MathWorkshopChat Recap: Introduction to Math Workshop

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

In Part 1 of our 3 part #MathWorkshopChat live Twitter series, we discussed how we can use math workshop to address the needs of all students in the math class, and where to find quality resources to fuel productive math workshops. We had a lively discussion with wonderful input from Math Solutions hosts Genni Steele…

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Join us for a #MathWorkshopChat

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, November 29th, 2017

Are you interested in using math workshop in your classroom and putting the student at the center of learning? Want to learn more about math workshop and expand your professional learning network? Join @Math_Solutions for our first #MathWorkshopChat on Wednesday, November 29th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. Mary Mitchell, Senior Instructional Designer, and Genni Steele, Director…

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We Ask, We Listen, We Learn

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
November 10th, 2017

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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Moving Beyond Digits: Numbers As Quantities

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, November 07th, 2017

How can we get students to reason and make sense of numbers when they learn operations? Math Solutions Professional Learning Specialist Ivan Alba walks ICLE Senior Fellow Weston Kieschnick through some common issues students face when learning mathematics, and how we can help students move beyond digits and see numbers as quantities. Ivan outlines the…

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A Mental Math Lesson

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
October 25th, 2017

I taught this mental math lesson to a class of fourth graders. I chose an addition problem—99 + 17—for the students to solve mentally, purposely selecting a problem that would be accessible to the students. Also, I knew that the problem could be solved in different ways. I planned to elicit from the students strategies for figuring out the sum of 116 and then to show video clips of other students solving the same problem. After watching each video clip, we’d analyze how the student reasoned and then check back to see if anyone in our class used the same strategy.

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Using Math Talk in Elementary Classrooms

by Suzanne H. Chapin, Catherine O’Connor, and Nancy Canavan Anderson, Math Solutions Authors
October 20th, 2017

Suzanne H. Chapin, Catherine O’Connor, and Nancy Canavan Anderson Teachers typically are comfortable leading classroom discussions when teaching literature or providing social studies instruction. They value these discussions and rely on them to support students’ learning. However, many teachers aren’t as comfortable making use of classroom discussions for mathematics instruction. In Classroom Discussions: Using Math…

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Digit Place: A Secret Number Quest

by Jamee Petersen, Author, Math Solutions
October 17th, 2017

Develop students’ number sense, place value, and deductive reasoning with A Secret Number Quest, a short game that third graders will love. The game begins with one player selecting a secret number, which their partner then tries to guess. After each guess, the player with the secret number reveals whether the number guessed shares a digit…

Math at the Deli

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
October 10th, 2017

My friend Ann sent me an email about her unsettling experience at the supermarket deli counter. Ann has never felt particularly confident with her math ability, and I was pleased (and amused) that she asserted herself in this situation. Also, Ann’s comment to me about the work we face as math teachers rang true.

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The Importance of Preschool and Kindergarten Math Instruction

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, October 05th, 2017

When one envisions the preschool or the kindergarten classroom, activities that spring to mind include learning to participate within a whole group; sharing, listening, and turn-taking; learning new stories, songs and rhymes; practicing motor skills; drawing and artwork; getting familiar with letters, shapes, colors, numbers, and counting; expanding vocabulary, language, and social skills; getting used…


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