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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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Creating a Culture of Risk-taking in the Mathematics Classroom

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

Creating a Culture of Risk-taking in the Mathematics Classroom is the first in a four-part blog series on inspiring math achievement in the classroom. To read the second blog post, head over here. At the beginning of each school year we spend time helping students learn expectations for walking down hallways and how to act in the cafeteria.…



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Equity Is More Than Access

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

Many of us, when we think of addressing equitable student outcomes in mathematics education, think of advocating for each and every student to have access to a rigorous and coherent curriculum. And this does remain a significant concern in the U.S. Research indicates that students from marginalized groups continue to have less access to college…



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