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New Normal: Tips for At-Home Learning

by Brandon Harms, Professional Learning Consultant
April 06th, 2020

I’d like to talk to you about this paradigm that’s shifted in education. In the United States, we have found ourselves in a situation where the majority of students are being homeschooled. Caregivers, parents, grandparents, family members are taking care of and homeschooling kids, and for the most part, this was probably never anything you expected…

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People Over Production: A Special Method to the Mathness Chat with Dr. Tyrone Howard

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, March 31st, 2020

In this special episode of Method to the Mathness, hosts Nikki LaLonde and Jennifer Lenhardt discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on our communities and our students with ICLE Senior Fellow Dr. Tyrone Howard. Dr. Howard shares his perspective on the connective role that teachers and schools play within communities, particularly amidst the new…

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Real-World Mathematics at Home: 10 Investigations for Students

by Dr. Sue Chapman, Author, Math Solutions
March 16th, 2020

Many students will be home these next several weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What might happen if children spend a portion of their time doing real-world mathematics? At a minimum, they could discover that mathematics is interesting and useful. Perhaps they will decide that they are indeed math people. Here are some investigations to…

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

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, March 13th, 2020

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…

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Why We Celebrate Pi Day

by Treve Brinkman, Director of Professional Learning
March 11th, 2020

Also known as March 14th, Pi Day is when mathematicians and math lovers around the world celebrate pi, often approximated to 3.14, which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. The circle is often the first shape many learn in childhood, and can be observed in nature in pinecones, apples, oranges, the cornea…

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Measuring Circles

by Fred Rectanus, Professional Learning Consultant
March 08th, 2020

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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3 Ways to Implement Talking in Math Class

by Le’Vada Gray, Consultant Development Manager
February 26th, 2020

When I began teaching almost 20 years ago, one of the veteran teachers made a quick visit to the classroom that we shared to pick up materials. She was very impressed with my students’ behavior and remarked, “Wow, they are so quiet!” The veteran teacher’s comment was kind of funny to me because my students…

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Subitizing: Can You See How Many?

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, February 13th, 2020

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

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Exploring Fractions: Using Knowledge of 1/2 to find 1/6s

by Lisa Bush, Vice President of Professional Learning
February 05th, 2020

In this clip from Beyond Pizzas & Pies, students describe how they found the rods that are 1/6 of the unit interval. What important fraction concept does Marcela’s reasoning support?

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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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