Posts tagged as: professional learning

Actionable Feedback as a Means of Promoting a Growth Mindset

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, March 21st, 2017

We know it’s important to encourage our students to adopt a growth mindset towards their mathematical abilities. But when we draw a smiley face on a student’s paper or say “good job,” are we building a growth or a fixed mindset? These types of feedback are meant to encourage but they fail to give students…



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Teacher Mindsets and Student Learning

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, March 16th, 2017

On the first day of my Mathematics Methods course for preservice teachers, I ask my students to solve the Dealing in Horses Problem from Marilyn Burns’ book About Teaching Mathematics, Fourth Edition: I ask my students to consider the problem individually for a few minutes and then discuss and solve the problem in table groups. I…



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Making Math Homework Count

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

What constitutes good and meaningful math homework? Through a rich bank of math homework assignments, teachers come to see how homework can reinforce skills, prepare students for future lessons, extend their mathematical knowledge, and inspire their creativity. Take this example: Homework: If 3 is 5% of a number, what is 30% of that number?    …



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Helping Struggling Students Build a Mathematical Mindset

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

Recent research on mathematical mindsets is turning some long-standing beliefs about mathematics learning on their heads. These studies have important implications for classroom teachers and mathematics coaches. What do we want our students to know about mathematical mindsets? Here are three big ideas I recommend discussing, modeling, and cultivating in any mathematics learning setting: Everyone…



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Crafting a Vision for Homework

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, February 27th, 2017

Recently I read Matt Larson’s message on homework and reflected on how much my own stance on homework has evolved in the last decade. Initially, I struggled alone with creating homework, photocopying weekly packets, and spending hours checking and tracking what students did. Things improved when I worked with grade-level colleagues to carefully select questions…



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The Art of Listening + Building Partnerships

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, September 08th, 2016

Coaching is about listening and building partnerships. When those two qualities are present effective strategies emerge. Most educators are looking for effective strategies to make challenging subjects like math more accessible to students. However, few educators have the time or the resources to consider what makes an effective strategy, much less identify and implement one.…



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Coaching Benefits for Math Teachers by Offering Support Where and When They Need It

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, July 29th, 2016

How do school administrators support the highly individualized needs of their teachers? Administrators must support many different constituencies: both new and experienced teachers, those who need to work on student relationships and management techniques, and those who need help creating and implementing lesson plans. Professional development is an issue that administrators have struggled with for…



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