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

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March 13th, 2020It’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…

## Measuring Circles

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March 08th, 2020Each 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…

## Subitizing: Can You See How Many?

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February 13th, 2020Subitizing! This ability to instantly “see” how many is a critical component in young students developing number sense.

## Actionable Feedback as a Means of Promoting a Growth Mindset

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January 24th, 2020We know it’s important to encourage our students to adopt a growth mindset towards their mathematical abilities. But when we draw a smiley face on a student’s paper or say “good job,” are we building a growth or a fixed mindset? These types of feedback are meant to encourage but they fail to give students…

## Encouraging Math Talk in the Preschool and Kindergarten Classroom

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January 17th, 2020Why 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…

## Celebrating 2019 with Method to the Mathness

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December 31st, 2019For this episode we compiled some of the key insights from our guests throughout the year, and pulling it together is our way of celebrating the important work happening in the field of math education.

## We Ask, We Listen, We Learn

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October 29th, 2019How 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?”

## The Challenges of Teaching Math to English Learners

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October 18th, 2019Many 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.…

## Who’s Doing the Work?

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September 07th, 2019During Matt Larson’s webinar Overcoming Obstacles to Make Mathematics Work FOR Students he shared this quote from Dylan Wiliam’s book Embedded Formative Assessment: If your students are going home at the end of the day less tired than you are, the division of labor in your classroom requires some attention. It got me good, as…

## Place Value: How to Assess Students’ Understanding

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February 20th, 2019If 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…