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Place Value: How to Assess Students’ Understanding

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, February 20th, 2019

If you’re familiar with Cooks Illustrated magazine, you know that they use their test kitchen to tinker with recipes and improve on them. In each issue, they report on all of the attempts they make and then finally present a recipe they recommend. In a way, I feel as if my search for a way to assess…

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Join Us for our #InspireMathCulture Twitter Chat on the Power of Math Stories

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, January 28th, 2019

Do you want to inspire a culture of mathematics in your classroom and school? Join @Math_Solutions for our first #InspireMathCulture Twitter chat of 2019 Tuesday, January 29th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT.   Nikki La Londe, Director of Professional Learning, and Nicole Bridge, Professional Learning Consultant, will co-lead a discussion on how our personal math stories affect…

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The Power of “Yet”

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, December 17th, 2018

On a recent walk through my neighborhood I came across a father teaching his young son how to ride a bicycle. The father was holding on to the bike as the boy sat atop the seat, gripping the handlebars tightly. It appeared that the father was much more confident in the boy’s ability to learn…

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Coaching for Constructive Struggle

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, November 20th, 2018

In her book Faster Isn’t Smarter: Messages about Math, Teaching, and Learning in the 21st Century, Cathy Seeley talks about the importance of providing students with opportunities for constructive struggle through problem-solving experiences that are both engaging and challenging. As students engage in constructive struggle, they construct deep personal understanding of the mathematical ideas that…

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Representations Matter

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, November 12th, 2018

Recently, I was in a school bathroom and saw a beautiful painting hanging on the wall of an African woman dressed in African garb. I was immediately filled with awe and joy because the painting radiated beauty and was a positive image in a surprising place. I am often one of few African American women…

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#InspireMathCulture Reflections: Supporting Teachers’ Mathematical Identities

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, November 09th, 2018

During our special live Twitter® #InspireMathCulture chat with Learning Forward co-led by Mary Mitchell, Senior Instructional Designer, and Sue Chapman, Professional Learning Consultant, we explored how we support teachers’ mathematical identities and open doors to equity for learners. Catch up on the discussion below and take some great strategies back to your classroom as you inspire a culture…

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Learning from Student Writing in Math Class

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, November 05th, 2018

In my early years teaching mathematics, I taught students to compare fractions the way I had learned as an elementary student—convert the fractions so they all have common denominators. However, in my more recent teaching of fractions, I do not teach one method. Instead, I prod students to think, reason, and make sense of comparing…

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The Challenges of Teaching Math to English Learners

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, October 18th, 2018

Many educators share the misconception that because it uses symbols, mathematics is not associated with any language or culture and is ideal for facilitating the transition of recent immigrant students into English instruction. To the contrary, language plays an important role in learning mathematics. Teachers use language to explain mathematical concepts and carry out math procedures.…

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#InspireMathCulture Reflections: Creating a Positive Math Culture

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, October 03rd, 2018

During our first live Twitter® #InspireMathCulture chat with Director of Professional Learning Nikki Lalonde and Professional Learning Consultant Nicole Bridge, we explored what a positive math culture looks like in a classroom and school, and why it’s so important to student outcomes. Participants shared actionable strategies they use in their classrooms to foster a culture…

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Setting the Stage for Making Sense of Math

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, September 28th, 2018

Setting the Stage for Making Sense of Math is the second in a four-part blog series on inspiring math achievement in the classroom. To read the first blog post, head over here. At the beginning of a unit on decimals, I wanted students to connect to what they already knew about whole number place value. I…

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