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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.…



Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 3

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
August 13th, 2018

Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our “Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset” blog series. Below are two conversations between a teacher and a coach. How are they different? What might the teachers’ observations and explanations reveal about their mathematical mindsets? Conversation 1 Coach: You’ve been trying some new instructional practices…



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Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 1

by Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist
June 05th, 2018

There’s a lot of talk these days about the importance of mathematical mindset and its impact on student learning. In About Teaching Mathematics, Fourth Edition, Marilyn Burns identifies six dispositions that are important for students to develop in the math classroom: Interest to figure out solutions to problems Willingness to persevere when solutions are not…



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Fractions on a Number Line

by Marilyn Burns, Founder, Math Solutions
February 16th, 2018

The fourth graders I’ve been working with had been studying fractions for about a week before I taught this lesson. They were using fraction pieces that they’d each cut for a beginning set of fractions—1 whole, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/16. Magnetic versions of their fraction pieces were especially useful for this lesson. (Information about…



#MathCoachChat Recap: Questioning With a Purpose

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, August 31st, 2017

In Part 1 of our 3 part #MathCoachChat live Twitter series, we discussed how purposeful questions can maximize a coaching partnership, and how we can think about obstacles to a coaching relationship so we can focus our questioning.   We had a lively discussion with wonderful input from coaches and teachers alike. Here are a…



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Join Math Solutions for our August 2017 #MathCoachChat

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, August 22nd, 2017

Are you a coach looking for professional learning opportunities? Want to learn more about math coaching and expand your professional learning network? Join @Math_Solutions for our first #MathCoachChat on Wednesday, August 30th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. Mary Mitchell, Senior Instructional Designer, and Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Specialist will lead a discussion on Questioning with a…



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