Posts tagged as: Marilyn Burns

Welcome to Math Class

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, February 19th, 2020

When I began teaching, I was all about welcoming my students to my class, but not necessarily math class. I was, after all, that student who was a superstar in elementary school and then hit a wall when it became obvious that I needed much more than memorized math facts and procedures to be successful,…



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Celebrating 2019 with Method to the Mathness

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, December 31st, 2019

For this episode we compiled some of the key insights from our guests throughout the year, and pulling it together is our way of celebrating the important work happening in the field of math education.



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Fix It: An Activity for Ordering Fractions

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

This post was originally published on Marilyn Burns’ Math Blog. Involving students as creators of problems for others to solve provides an experience for them that’s different from the teacher always being the source of problems. Also, when students have opportunities to solve their classmates’ problems, I find that they invest in their learning in a different way, often with…



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Thinking, Reasoning and Making Sense of Mathematics

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, April 04th, 2019

Join Marilyn Burns, Founder of Math Solutions and Patty Clark, Sr. Director of Content Development, Math Solutions as they celebrate the past 35 years of Math Solutions. Listen as Marilyn speaks about helping kids think, reason and make sense in math. “Structure the teaching so no kid feels deficient, not appreciated…”. I want it to…



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Celebrating 35 years of Math Solutions

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, April 01st, 2019

Join Marilyn Burns, Founder of Math Solutions and Patty Clark, Sr. Director of Content Development, Math Solutions as they celebrate the past 35 years of Math Solutions. As Marilyn shares “Math Solutions is a community. We learn together, from each other, and with each other. You have to be a learner to be a teacher.…



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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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Introducing Method to the Mathness: Episode 1 with Marilyn Burns

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, February 09th, 2019

We’re thrilled to be launching Method to the Mathness, a podcast for math educators, by math educators, about the universal truths in math education. In our first episode, hosts Nikki La Londe, Jennifer Lenhardt, and Mary Mitchell dive into some of those universal truths with Math Solutions founder, author, and lifelong educator and learner, Marilyn…



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Teaching Adding Decimals: What If You Give the Answer First?

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, January 18th, 2019

I struggle with how to teach topics that revert to learning procedures, too often without understanding. Take adding decimals. This is typically part of grade 5 math instruction. But every time I’ve given students the reminder to line up the decimal points and then add, I’m reminded of the fraction counterpart: Yours is not to…



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An Important Teacher Decision: When and When Not to Give the Answer?

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, February 02nd, 2018

The fourth graders I’ve been working with this year have recently been learning about fractions. Last week I began a lesson by drawing two representations on the board (as shown above) and writing a question. I gave the students about five minutes to do a “quick write” to answer the question and explain their thinking.…



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Marilyn Burns on the Importance of Listening to Students

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, December 06th, 2017

Marilyn shares her insight and wisdom on the importance of listening to students in the math class, and offers advice for getting around avoidance techniques students often use in class.



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