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Who’s Doing the Work?

by Jennifer Lenhardt, Senior Instructional Designer
September 07th, 2019

During Matt Larson’s webinar Overcoming Obstacles to Make Mathematics Work FOR Students he shared this quote from Dylan William’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…



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…



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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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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3 Ways to Engage Pre-K Students in Counting

by Treve Brinkman, Director of Professional Learning
December 12th, 2018

The task of counting may seem simple, but as Ann Carlyle and Brenda Mercado point out in Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math, (Math Solutions, 2012), there is an important distinction between the rote or automatic counting that young children start with, and the eventual formulation of a deeper cognitive connection to the meaning of the…



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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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We Ask, We Listen, We Learn

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
November 29th, 2018

How 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?”



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#InspireMathCulture Reflections: Supporting Teachers’ Mathematical Identities

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, November 09th, 2018

During our special live Twitter® #InspireMathCulture chat with Learning Forward co-led by Mary Mitchell, Senior Instructional Designer, and Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Consultant, we explored how we support teachers’ mathematical identities and open doors to equity for learners. Catch up on the discussion below and take some great strategies back to your classroom as you inspire a culture…



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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…



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