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Math Games in Action: Compare (Shake and Spill)

by Jamee Petersen, Author, Math Solutions
October 02nd, 2017

First grade is the beginning of exposing students to mathematics. Counting, comparing, and grouping, as well as learning the comparison symbols <, =,>,  are key foundations in building a mathematical mindset. Try this game with your students, and give them a chance to practice comparing counters with a partner as they take turns shaking and…



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#MathCoachChat Recap: Using Questions to Engage, Enlighten, & Empower

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

In Part 2 of our 3 part #MathCoachChat live Twitter series, we discussed how we use purposeful questions to engage, empower, and enlighten.   We had a lively discussion with wonderful input from educators. Moderators Genni Steele, Mary Mitchell, and Sue Chapman shared wisdom from our last chat on purposeful questioning and categorizing obstacles to…



Join Math Solutions for our September 2017 #MathCoachChat

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, September 23rd, 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, September 27th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. Mary Mitchell, Senior Instructional Designer, Genni Steele, Director of Consultant Development, and Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist will lead…



Breaking Numbers Apart

by Rusty Bresser and Caren Holtzman, Authors, Math Solutions
September 18th, 2017

From a Kindergarten and First-Grade Classroom After asking the students to come join me in a circle on the rug, I wrote the number 10 at the top of a piece of chart paper. Next I distributed interlocking cubes by carefully pouring them out near the students so that each child had access to them.…



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Word Problems: Don’t Put the Cart Before the Horse

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
September 16th, 2017

A long-standing instructional practice has been to teach students how to multiply (or add, subtract, or divide) and then, after the students have learned to compute, give them word problems to solve. In this post I present a lesson with a different approach, where word problems become the lead and reason for learning to compute.



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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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