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“Today is the Day”: Method to the Mathness Podcast Episode 2 with Jennifer Lempp

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, March 21st, 2019

It’s time for another episode of Method to the Mathness, our podcast for math educators, by math educators, about the universal truths in math education. In our second episode, hosts Nikki La Londe and Jennifer Lenhardt talk with Math Workshop author Jennifer Lempp about her math story, how she became an advocate for the Math Workshop model…



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The Power of Student Choice: Motivating Learners Who Struggle With Math

by Le’Vada Gray, Director of Professional Learning
March 18th, 2019

Outside of the polar vortexes and sudden snowstorms, winter is growing on me because there’s nothing like standing outside when it snows and having an opportunity to hear . . . nothing. I take advantage of those quiet moments as I watch the snow fall (or pause from my grumbling about shoveling snow) to reflect.…



How Well Do You Know Pi? Take Our Pi Day Quiz!

by Lisa Rogers, Director of Professional Learning
March 13th, 2019

It’s time to celebrate our favorite mathematical constant, Pi (shh…don’t tell Tau). Why do we love it? Pi is beautiful, irrational, and difficult to calculate. Supercomputers have approximated it to the ten trillionth digit, and we still do not have a definitive end to Pi. Celebrate Pi Day, 3/14, this year in your classroom by…



Why We Celebrate Pi Day

by Treve Brinkman, Director of Professional Learning
March 11th, 2019

Also known as March 14th, Pi Day is when mathematicians and math lovers around the world celebrate pi, often approximated to 3.14, which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. The circle is often the first shape many learn in childhood, and can be observed in nature in pinecones, apples, oranges, the cornea…



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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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Place Value: How to Assess Students’ Understanding

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
February 20th, 2019

If you’re familiar with Cooks Illustrated magazine, you know that they use their test kitchen to tinker with recipes and improve on them. In each issue, they report on all of the attempts they make and then finally present a recipe they recommend. In a way, I feel as if my search for a way to assess…



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Introducing Method to the Mathness: Episode 1 with Marilyn Burns

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, February 09th, 2019

We’re thrilled to be launching Method to the Mathness, a podcast for math educators, by math educators, about the universal truths in math education. In our first episode, hosts Nikki La Londe, Jennifer Lenhardt, and Mary Mitchell dive into some of those universal truths with Math Solutions founder, author, and lifelong educator and learner, Marilyn…



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Fractions February: Exploring Problems Through Measurement

by Julie McNamara, Math Solutions Author
February 06th, 2019

My eight-year-old neighbor Zoe spent the day with me recently so we decided to do a little baking. The recipe we were using called for ½ cup of sugar and three cups of flour. After using the ½ cup measuring cup to add sugar to the batter, I suggested we use the same measuring cup…



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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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Teaching Adding Decimals: What If You Give the Answer First?

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
January 18th, 2019

I struggle with how to teach topics that revert to learning procedures, too often without understanding. Take adding decimals. This is typically part of grade 5 math instruction. But every time I’ve given students the reminder to line up the decimal points and then add, I’m reminded of the fraction counterpart: Yours is not to…



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