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Join Math Solutions at NCSM 2019!

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, March 28th, 2019

Are you ready for NCSM 2019 in San Diego, CA? We can’t wait to see you in our Booth 113 for a Math Workshop Essentials: Developing Number Sense signing with authors Rusty Bresser & Caren Holtzman. We have a full lineup of professional learning sessions for you to check out as well. Hope to see you there!   …



The Power of Student Choice: Motivating Learners Who Struggle With Math

by Le’Vada Gray, Director of Professional Learning
March 18th, 2019

Outside of the polar vortexes and sudden snowstorms, winter is growing on me because there’s nothing like standing outside when it snows and having an opportunity to hear . . . nothing. I take advantage of those quiet moments as I watch the snow fall (or pause from my grumbling about shoveling snow) to reflect.…



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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Teaching Adding Decimals: What If You Give the Answer First?

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
January 18th, 2019

I struggle with how to teach topics that revert to learning procedures, too often without understanding. Take adding decimals. This is typically part of grade 5 math instruction. But every time I’ve given students the reminder to line up the decimal points and then add, I’m reminded of the fraction counterpart: Yours is not to…



Coaching Corner: 3 Benefits of Asking Purposeful Questions

by Brenda Konicke, Director of Professional Learning
January 04th, 2019

An effective math coach possesses a multitude of skills, but the ability to ask purposeful, targeted questions is one of the most vital to the coaching process. As coaches, we want to allow teachers to reflect on their practice and on the impact they’re having on students, as well as to think about how they…



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Join Us for a #MathWorkshopChat 12/19 on Student Reflection

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, December 19th, 2018

Are you interested in putting your students at the center of learning with the math workshop model of instruction? Join @Math_Solutions for our December #MathWorkshopChat on Wednesday, December 19th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. Brenda Konicke, Director of Professional Learning, and Jennifer Lempp, author of Math Workshop: Five Steps to Implementing Guided Math, Learning Stations, Reflection,…



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The Power of “Yet”

by Julie McNamara, Math Solutions Author
December 17th, 2018

On a recent walk through my neighborhood I came across a father teaching his young son how to ride a bicycle. The father was holding on to the bike as the boy sat atop the seat, gripping the handlebars tightly. It appeared that the father was much more confident in the boy’s ability to learn…



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