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An Unusual Word Problem: “Dealing in Horses”

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
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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Fibonacci Day Fun with Math Matters

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

This article is excerpted from Math Matters: Understanding the Math You Teach, Grades K–8, Second Edition by Suzanne H. Chapin and Art Johnson One of the most famous patterns is the Fibonacci sequence, which is made up of Fibonacci numbers. Fibonacci was the nickname of Leonardo de Pisa, an Italian mathematician (1175–1245); he is best known…



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3 Tips for Developing Students’ Numerical Understanding and Skills

by Patty Clark, 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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Join our Fractions, Decimals, & Percentages #NumberTalksChat

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, October 20th, 2016

It’s time to talk fractions, decimals, and percentages! Please join @Math_Solutions for our third #NumberTalksChat on Twitter next Wednesday, October 26th at 8pm ET. Two participants will be randomly selected to receive advanced 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…



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Strategies for Adding 5/9 and 8/9

by Lisa Bush, Senior Director, Professional Development
October 12th, 2016

Once students can make sense of fractions, what are the strategies you use to make sense of their computation? In this clip from Beyond Invert & Multiply, Ms. Kretschmar guides a student-to-student discussion.                   Students often have difficulty articulating the reasoning behind their approach to solving problems.…



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