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Measuring Circles

by Fred Rectanus, Professional Learning Consultant
March 08th, 2019

Each year our middle school celebrates the circle and its mathematical relationships on “Pi Day,” March 14, using the date of 3/14 to honor the 3.14 approximation of pi. A local bakery donates pies and, in every math class, students measure round things and consume their pieces of pie. Amidst the Pi Day activities, students…



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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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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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Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 3

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
August 13th, 2018

Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our “Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset” blog series. Below are two conversations between a teacher and a coach. How are they different? What might the teachers’ observations and explanations reveal about their mathematical mindsets? Conversation 1 Coach: You’ve been trying some new instructional practices…



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Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 2

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
July 24th, 2018

  “Math has always been difficult for me to understand. Word problems are the worst. Every time I see a word problem it scares me. I already know I won’t be able to solve it.” These are not the words of a student in elementary school or even high school. They were written by Kimberly,…



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Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 1

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
June 05th, 2018

There’s a lot of talk these days about the importance of mathematical mindset and its impact on student learning. In About Teaching Mathematics, Fourth Edition, Marilyn Burns identifies six dispositions that are important for students to develop in the math classroom: Interest to figure out solutions to problems Willingness to persevere when solutions are not…



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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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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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Developing Multiplication Strategies

by Treve Brinkman, Director of Professional Learning
June 02nd, 2017

Once students have mastered addition and subtraction, they get to move on to bigger equations: multiplication. Many adults recall days spent memorizing tables and writing out their work, but you can take an approach that doesn’t require merely committing numbers to memory. Help your students really understand what multiplication is and how it works by…



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Supporting Families with Math Homework

by Deepa Bharath, Professional Learning Consultant
May 12th, 2017

“I don’t know how to help my child with math homework! I don’t know these new ways of doing math.” We hear this often from parents, right? Often along with another hesitant question, “Is it okay to show him/her my way?” In my last blog post, I wrote about how my vision for math teaching…



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