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Join Us for our #InspireMathCulture Twitter Chat 11/7

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, November 06th, 2018

Do you want to inspire a culture of mathematics in your classroom and school? Join @Math_Solutions for a special  #InspireMathCulture Twitter chat co-hosted with Learning Forward on Wednesday, November 7th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. Mary Mitchell, Senior Instructional Designer, and Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Consultant, will co-lead a discussion on how we support teachers’ mathematical identities…



Learning from Student Writing in Math Class

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
November 05th, 2018

In my early years teaching mathematics, I taught students to compare fractions the way I had learned as an elementary student—convert the fractions so they all have common denominators. However, in my more recent teaching of fractions, I do not teach one method. Instead, I prod students to think, reason, and make sense of comparing…



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Growing Mathematical Ideas in Kindergarten

by Linda Schulman Dacey and Rebeka Eston, Math Solutions Authors
October 30th, 2018

Kindergarten is an important beginning. It can be the positive start of a child’s lifelong exploration of mathematical ideas or it can lay the first stones in what can become an impenetrable wall between “real math” and “school math.” In Growing Mathematical Ideas in Kindergarten, Linda and Rebeka present their vision of a kindergarten classroom…



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Why Teaching K-12 Mathematics Matters in Our Democratic Society

by Matt Larson, Senior Fellow, Math Solutions
October 26th, 2018

It is election season, and social studies teachers all across the country are taking advantage of current events to engage their students and generate greater enthusiasm in their subject. In the presentations I have made over the last couple of months, I have pointed out that mathematics teachers are the “new” social studies teachers. What do I…



The Challenges of Teaching Math to English Learners

by Rusty Bresser, Author, Math Solutions
October 18th, 2018

Many educators share the misconception that because it uses symbols, mathematics is not associated with any language or culture and is ideal for facilitating the transition of recent immigrant students into English instruction. To the contrary, language plays an important role in learning mathematics. Teachers use language to explain mathematical concepts and carry out math procedures.…



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3 Ways District Leaders Can Support Math Instruction

by Le’Vada Gray, Director of Professional Learning, Math
October 15th, 2018

In my role as a Director of Professional Learning, I support many district and school leaders with transitioning into instructional leadership roles, so they may better support mathematics educators in their schools. Leadership support is crucial for teachers as well as their students, not only for promoting student-centered learning, but also in addressing and incorporating…



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#InspireMathCulture Reflections: Creating a Positive Math Culture

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, October 03rd, 2018

During our first live Twitter® #InspireMathCulture chat with Director of Professional Learning Nikki Lalonde and Professional Learning Consultant Nicole Bridge, we explored what a positive math culture looks like in a classroom and school, and why it’s so important to student outcomes. Participants shared actionable strategies they use in their classrooms to foster a culture…



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Join Us for our #InspireMathCulture Twitter Chat 10/2

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, October 02nd, 2018

Do you want to inspire a culture of mathematics in your classroom and school? Join @Math_Solutions for our October #InspireMathCulture Twitter chat on Tuesday, October 2nd at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. Nikki Lalonde, Director of Professional Learning, and Nicole Bridge, Professional Learning Consultant, will co-lead a discussion on how we build a positive math community, and how…



Setting the Stage for Making Sense of Math

by Mary Mitchell, Senior Instructional Designer
September 28th, 2018

Setting the Stage for Making Sense of Math is the second in a four-part blog series on inspiring math achievement in the classroom. To read the first blog post, head over here. At the beginning of a unit on decimals, I wanted students to connect to what they already knew about whole number place value. I…



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#MathWorkshopChat Reflections: Number Sense Routines

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, September 27th, 2018

During our recent live Twitter® #MathWorkshopChat with Director of Professional Learning Brenda Konicke and Math Workshop author Jennifer Lempp, we explored number sense routines and their use in math workshop. Read the recap below and follow us to learn more about how number sense routines and the math workshop model of instruction can transform your…



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