## Instructional Coaching: an ‘Aha’ Moment about the Power of Questions

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November 15th, 2019I recently joined a 5K training group. There are people in the group who volunteer to serve as coaches to individuals who seek to move themselves from a sedentary lifestyle toward a more active one. In my role as a math coach, this was a great experience for me. It really got me thinking about…

## Fix It: An Activity for Ordering Fractions

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September 20th, 2019This 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…

## Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 3

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August 13th, 2018Be 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…

## Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 2

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July 24th, 2018“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,…

## Coaching for a Mathematical Mindset, Part 1

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June 05th, 2018There’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…

## Welcome Senior Fellow Dr. Matt Larson

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May 25th, 2018We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Matt Larson to the Math Solutions family as our first Senior Fellow of Professional Learning. Matt has always believed that Professional Learning is the gateway to improving equity, access, and empowerment. He has joined Math Solutions to transform Professional Development for math educators to help students learn the…

## Word Problems

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January 10th, 2018Word problems have long been difficult and frustrating for students to solve and for teachers to teach. A colleague recently forwarded an email from a woman looking for resources to help her fourth-grade granddaughter with word problems. I thought for several days about how to offer positive support to both the grandmother and her granddaughter.

## Using Math Talk in Elementary Classrooms

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October 20th, 2017Suzanne H. Chapin, Catherine O’Connor, and Nancy Canavan Anderson Teachers typically are comfortable leading classroom discussions when teaching literature or providing social studies instruction. They value these discussions and rely on them to support students’ learning. However, many teachers aren’t as comfortable making use of classroom discussions for mathematics instruction. In Classroom Discussions: Using Math…

## 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.