## Breaking Numbers Apart

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September 18th, 2017From a Kindergarten and First-Grade Classroom After asking the students to come join me in a circle on the rug, I wrote the number 10 at the top of a piece of chart paper. Next I distributed interlocking cubes by carefully pouring them out near the students so that each child had access to them.…

## Tips for Differentiating Instruction

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September 14th, 2017Differentiating 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.

## Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 3

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June 15th, 2017Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our “Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset” blog series. Below are two conversations between a teacher and a coach. How are they different? What might the teachers’ observations and explanations reveal about their mathematical mindsets? Conversation 1 Coach: You’ve been trying some new instructional practices…

## Developing Multiplication Strategies

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June 02nd, 2017Once 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…

## Supporting Families with Math Homework

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May 12th, 2017“I don’t know how to help my child with math homework! I don’t know these new ways of doing math.” We hear this often from parents, right? Often along with another hesitant question, “Is it okay to show him/her my way?” In my last blog post, I wrote about how my vision for math teaching…

## Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 2

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April 18th, 2017“Math has always been difficult for me to understand. Word problems are the worst. Every time I see a word problem it scares me. I already know I won’t be able to solve it.” These are not the words of a student in elementary school or even high school. They were written by Kimberly,…

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

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April 13th, 2017How 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…

## Math Menus at NCTM Annual 2017

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April 05th, 2017At Math Solutions, we’ve long been advocates of math menus in the classroom. This year at NCTM, we’re celebrating our love for math menus in our Riverwalk Cafe, in Booth 1125. In case you won’t be making it to NCTM this week, here’s a sneak peek at some of our Math Menu activities we will…

## Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 1

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March 30th, 2017There’s a lot of talk these days about the importance of mathematical mindset and its impact on student learning. In About Teaching Mathematics, Fourth Edition, Marilyn Burns identifies six dispositions that are important for students to develop in the math classroom: Interest to figure out solutions to problems Willingness to persevere when solutions are not…

## Number Talks Chat Recap: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages 3/29

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March 30th, 2017Thank you to those who joined us yesterday for our live #NumberTalksChat on Twitter! In case you missed out or would like some interesting ideas for your classroom, check out some of our favorite tweets and ideas below. We look forward to seeing you at our next #NumberTalksChat April 26th. …