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Making Math Homework Count

by Annette Raphel, Professional Learning Consultant
March 10th, 2017

What constitutes good and meaningful math homework? Through a rich bank of math homework assignments, teachers come to see how homework can reinforce skills, prepare students for future lessons, extend their mathematical knowledge, and inspire their creativity. Take this example: Homework: If 3 is 5% of a number, what is 30% of that number?    …



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Fraction Number Talks: An Interview with Sherry Parrish & Ann Dominick

by Kristin Gray, Guest Interviewer, Math Minds
February 24th, 2017

We’re thrilled to welcome Kristin Gray, K-5 Math Specialist and author of Math Minds, to the blog today. She recently interviewed Sherry Parrish and Ann Dominick, authors of Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, & Percentages, about their processes and experience as math educators. Both authors share how their careers in math education inspired their work with number talks,…



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Join Math Solutions on Twitter for a live #MathTalkChat!

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, January 18th, 2017

It’s time to talk fractions! Mark your calendar for a live Twitter #MathTalkChat with @Math_Solutions next Wednesday, January 25th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.



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An Unusual Word Problem: “Dealing in Horses”

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, January 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.



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Data Analysis: A Lesson with Seventh and Eighth Graders

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, December 27th, 2016

by Lainie Schuster and Nancy Canavan Anderson Asking “good” questions—questions that help students make sense of math—lies at the heart of good math teaching. In Good Questions for Math Teaching: Why Ask Them and What to Ask, Grades 5–8 (Math Solutions Publications, 2005), Lainie Schuster and Nancy Anderson provide teachers with questions across seven math strands. The questions…



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#NumberTalksChat 11/30 Recap

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, December 06th, 2016

Thank you for joining us last week for our third #NumberTalksChat, and sharing your great insights! If you weren’t able to participate, here’s a quick recap of our questions and some great ideas and responses from fellow educators. To see more of our chat, visit the #NumberTalksChat hashtag on Twitter. Please join us again after…



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Join our second Fractions, Decimals, & Percentages #NumberTalksChat on Twitter!

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, November 23rd, 2016

It’s time to talk fractions, decimals, and percentages! Please join @Math_Solutions for our third #NumberTalksChat on Twitter next Wednesday, November 30th at 8pm ET. Two participants will be randomly selected to receive copies of Sherry Parrish and Ann Dominick’s Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages. Join us for a lively discussion on strategies and techniques for implementing fractions number…



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3 Tips for Developing Students’ Numerical Understanding and Skills

by Patty Clark, Senior Director of Content Development
November 21st, 2016

There’s more to math instruction than teaching and learning procedures. Math Solutions founder Marilyn Burns has more than fifty years of teaching experience. To impact the way math is taught in the classroom, she believes the focus must be taken off the teacher and placed on the students. Here are three tips she shared in…



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What it Means to Understand Numbers

by Jennifer Lenhardt, Senior Instructional Designer
November 11th, 2016

I received my first diary when I was six or seven years old and recently rediscovered it in a box of childhood memories. Imagine my surprise when I opened the decades-old journal to find that my first, and most frequent, entry was arithmetic. I had created a series of two and three-digit numbers that I…



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#NumberTalksChat 10/26 Recap

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, October 27th, 2016

Last night we held our third #NumberTalksChat on Twitter, with a lively discussion on implementing fraction number talks in the classroom. We were joined by Sherry Parrish and Ann Dominick, co-authors of the upcoming Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages. If you weren’t able to participate on Twitter, and you’d like to see some good ideas for implementing…



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