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Actionable Feedback as a Means of Promoting a Growth Mindset

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, January 24th, 2020

We know it’s important to encourage our students to adopt a growth mindset towards their mathematical abilities. But when we draw a smiley face on a student’s paper or say “good job,” are we building a growth or a fixed mindset? These types of feedback are meant to encourage but they fail to give students…

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Developing Multiplication Strategies

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, June 02nd, 2017

Once students have mastered addition and subtraction, they get to move on to bigger equations: multiplication. Many adults recall days spent memorizing tables and writing out their work, but you can take an approach that doesn’t require merely committing numbers to memory. Help your students really understand what multiplication is and how it works by…

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Race to 200: A Game Focused on Student Computation & Strategy

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, April 13th, 2017

How do you combine computation skills and a game in the same setting? The game Race to 200 helps students, and their partners, build their understanding of number computation, number sense, and place value. This game can be played during one class period, but we recommend trying all three versions, over three periods, so students can…

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Teacher Mindsets and Student Learning

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, March 16th, 2017

On the first day of my Mathematics Methods course for preservice teachers, I ask my students to solve the Dealing in Horses Problem from Marilyn Burns’ book About Teaching Mathematics, Fourth Edition: I ask my students to consider the problem individually for a few minutes and then discuss and solve the problem in table groups. I…

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The Pizza Problem

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, February 10th, 2017

The Pizza Problem is a great way to apply mathematical information in a real-world context. Challenge your seventh and eighth graders to apply their understanding of area and order of operations with the pricing of pizza. When teaching a unit on the area of circles, I asked a class of seventh- and eighth-grade students to investigate…

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