Posts tagged as: math

Candy and Math!

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, October 14th, 2020

Who doesn’t love candy and chocolate bars? We know most kids do! If you are looking for useful ways to integrate Halloween candy into lessons, read on. We have compiled the following lessons and activities that involve using candy. You’re sure to get your students’ attention when you tell them they get to use M&M’s…

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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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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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Supporting Families with Math Homework

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, 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…

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