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byJanuary 10th, 2017
After I told Steven, the man seated next to me on an airplane, that I was a math teacher, he described the Dealing in Horses problem that he was given at a corporate management training session. The problem has been one of my teaching staples ever since.
byDecember 13th, 2016
This post is about subtraction, which is typically difficult for students to learn and for teachers to teach. Think about 503 – 398, for example. To estimate the answer, I can change the problem to 500 – 400 (rounding 503 to 500 and 398 to 400). That gives me an estimate of 100, which I know is close. But how can I know if the actual answer to 503 – 398 is greater or less than 100? I raised this question with third graders.
byNovember 02nd, 2016
Why are fractions on the number line so hard for students to understand, and what can teachers do to help students reason their way through them? In this clip from Beyond Pizzas & Pies, Mr. Seay demonstrates for students how to label the number line after the unit interval has been partitioned into thirds. How does Mr. Seay’s…
byJune 16th, 2016
What bold measures are you taking in your instruction? Join our professional learning experts at the 24th Annual Model Schools Conference in Orlando, Florida June 26th- 29th. This intensive four-day event brings together like-minded educators from around the country who are focused on raising the bar on instruction, revolutionizing school leadership, engaging students like never before,…
byJune 03rd, 2016
The 1-10 Card Investigation has a big payoff with students. It engages their interest, involves them with making sense of a problem and persevering to solve it, and gives them experience with evaluating their progress and changing course as necessary. Plus it has a playful aspect that too often is lost in math class.
byMay 20th, 2016
by Suzanne H. Chapin, Catherine O’Connor, and Nancy Canavan Anderson Click here to download PDF Teachers typically are comfortable leading classroom discussions when teaching literature or providing social studies instruction. They value these discussions and rely on them to support students’ learning. However, many teachers aren’t as comfortable making use of classroom discussions for mathematics…
byMay 13th, 2016
A word problem on a third-grade standardized math test didn’t call for a numerical answer, but instead asked students to decide if the problem should be solved by adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing. One third grader complained to his teacher, frustrated because he thought there was more than one correct possibility.
byMay 05th, 2016
By Christine Condon I was never good at math. Language Arts was where I excelled. It started with my first short story in sixth grade that Mrs. Westra read aloud to the class. I was hooked on writing after that. What I wasn’t hooked on was math. I would say things like, “I’m not a…
byMay 02nd, 2016
At Math Solutions our appreciation and respect for teachers knows no bounds, so we’re thrilled to celebrate our teacher heroes during Teacher Appreciation Week! We’re giving away three special prize packs to show math teachers some much deserved love! Up for grabs is a copy of Number Talks: Whole Number Computation, a copy of Classroom Discussion in Math, and some fun classroom…