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Tips for Differentiating Instruction

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, September 14th, 2017

Differentiating sounds like a lot of work (you can’t be everywhere at once), but a few strategies may help you effectively implement differentiation without becoming overwhelmed.



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Coaching for Constructive Struggle

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, July 24th, 2017

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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The Power of “Yet”

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, May 29th, 2017

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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Teacher Appreciation: Mike Gould Thanks His Teachers

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

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Mike Gould, Director of Professional Learning, reflects on two teachers who made a difference in his life.



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Learning from Student Writing in Math Class

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, May 01st, 2017

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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Math Solutions Professional Learning Institute Giveaway

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, April 03rd, 2017

We’re celebrating NCSM and NCTM week with a giveaway every educator can enter to win, whether they are participating in the conferences in person in San Antonio, or following along from home. What better way to celebrate one of the biggest math professional learning events of the year than to plan ahead for more quality…



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Developing Math Coaching Expertise

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, March 24th, 2017

Over ten years ago I moved from being a classroom teacher into the role of being a math coach. My first assignment included two elementary schools, which meant I was supporting approximately 36 teachers. My only experiences with school leadership were through learning opportunities like participating in a large National Science Foundation grant to build…



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Fraction Number Talks: An Interview with Sherry Parrish & Ann Dominick

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, February 24th, 2017

We’re thrilled to welcome Kristin Gray, K-5 Math Specialist and author of Math Minds, to the blog today. She recently interviewed Sherry Parrish and Ann Dominick, authors of Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, & Percentages, about their processes and experience as math educators. Both authors share how their careers in math education inspired their work with number talks,…



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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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Setting the Stage for Making Sense of Math

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, November 07th, 2016

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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