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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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#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…

Building Community with MATH 180

by Le’Vada Gray, Director of Professional Learning
September 13th, 2018

Back to School is one of my favorite times of year because I love the smell of a fresh box of crayons, buying new school supplies and notebooks, and having a new start. It’s probably why I became a classroom teacher myself. After decorating my classroom, setting up my library and sorting supplies, I started…

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Equity Is More Than Access

by Matt Larson, Senior Fellow, Math Solutions
August 17th, 2018

Many of us, when we think of addressing equitable student outcomes in mathematics education, think of advocating for each and every student to have access to a rigorous and coherent curriculum. And this does remain a significant concern in the U.S. Research indicates that students from marginalized groups continue to have less access to college…

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Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 3

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
August 13th, 2018

Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our “Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset” blog series. Below are two conversations between a teacher and a coach. How are they different? What might the teachers’ observations and explanations reveal about their mathematical mindsets? Conversation 1 Coach: You’ve been trying some new instructional practices…

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How Making Assumptions and Building Narratives Influences Learning

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, August 01st, 2018

What assumptions might teachers or administrators make about students in their K-12 school districts? How might making these assumptions have unintended negative consequences? These questions and others were the foundation of a keynote speech from Math Solutions professional learning expert Nicole Bridge at the HMH offices this summer. K-12 teachers and administrators attended the professional…

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Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 2

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
July 24th, 2018

  “Math has always been difficult for me to understand. Word problems are the worst. Every time I see a word problem it scares me. I already know I won’t be able to solve it.” These are not the words of a student in elementary school or even high school. They were written by Kimberly,…

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Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 1

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
June 05th, 2018

There’s a lot of talk these days about the importance of mathematical mindset and its impact on student learning. In About Teaching Mathematics, Fourth Edition, Marilyn Burns identifies six dispositions that are important for students to develop in the math classroom: Interest to figure out solutions to problems Willingness to persevere when solutions are not…

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