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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 Dr. 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 Dr. 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 Dr. 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 Dr. 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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Welcome Senior Fellow Dr. Matt Larson

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, May 25th, 2018

We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Matt Larson to the Math Solutions family as our first Senior Fellow of Professional Learning. Matt has always believed that Professional Learning is the gateway to improving equity, access, and empowerment. He has joined Math Solutions to transform Professional Development for math educators to help students learn the…



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Fractions Fun Book Giveaway

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

Fractions are a critical foundation in mathematics, and at Math Solutions, we are dedicated to providing teachers with the tools they need to promote fraction sense in their classrooms. That’s why we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate Fractions February! We hope you can join in our fractions celebration! Please share your own favorite fractions resources with us…



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Giveaway: Let’s Celebrate Math Talk

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, January 26th, 2018

At Math Solutions, we love math talk! Nothing makes us happier than seeing students engaged in conversation about math. We love seeing students explain their reasoning, deepening their mathematical understanding and learning. We have many resources we share with educators to help ensure teachers can foster an environment conducive to learning and a classroom culture…



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Marilyn Burns on the Importance of Listening to Students

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, December 06th, 2017

Marilyn shares her insight and wisdom on the importance of listening to students in the math class, and offers advice for getting around avoidance techniques students often use in class.



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