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Subitizing: Can You See How Many?

by Lisa Rogers, Director of Professional Learning
February 13th, 2020

Subitizing! 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

by Dr. Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
January 24th, 2020

We 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…



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Encouraging Math Talk in the Preschool and Kindergarten Classroom

by Treve Brinkman, Director of Professional Learning
January 17th, 2020

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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Celebrating 2019 with Method to the Mathness

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, December 31st, 2019

For 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.



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We Ask, We Listen, We Learn

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, October 29th, 2019

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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The Challenges of Teaching Math to English Learners

by Rusty Bresser, Author, Math Solutions
October 18th, 2019

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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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 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…



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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 Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, 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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