byJanuary 10th, 2018
Word 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.
byOctober 25th, 2017
I taught this mental math lesson to a class of fourth graders. I chose an addition problem—99 + 17—for the students to solve mentally, purposely selecting a problem that would be accessible to the students. Also, I knew that the problem could be solved in different ways. I planned to elicit from the students strategies for figuring out the sum of 116 and then to show video clips of other students solving the same problem. After watching each video clip, we’d analyze how the student reasoned and then check back to see if anyone in our class used the same strategy.
byNovember 02nd, 2016
Why are fractions on the number line so hard for students to understand, and what can teachers do to help students reason their way through them? In this clip from Beyond Pizzas & Pies, Mr. Seay demonstrates for students how to label the number line after the unit interval has been partitioned into thirds. How does Mr. Seay’s…
byOctober 12th, 2016
Once students can make sense of fractions, what are the strategies you use to make sense of their computation? In this clip from Beyond Invert & Multiply, Ms. Kretschmar guides a student-to-student discussion. Students often have difficulty articulating the reasoning behind their approach to solving problems.…
byOctober 07th, 2016
Students have many misconceptions about fractions. What strategies can teachers use to encourage students to share their ideas? In this clip from Beyond Pizzas & Pies, Mr. Seay asks his third graders to share what they think about the numbers between zero and one. What do students seem to know about these numbers? …
bySeptember 13th, 2016
Numerical reasoning starts from the earliest stages of child development. Stacking blocks, counting objects, and filling containers are examples of beginning ideas of reasoning with numbers. As children transition into kindergarten, it is important to provide opportunities to build a foundation that mathematics is about making sense with numbers and number relationships from the very…
byJune 03rd, 2016
The 1-10 Card Investigation has a big payoff with students. It engages their interest, involves them with making sense of a problem and persevering to solve it, and gives them experience with evaluating their progress and changing course as necessary. Plus it has a playful aspect that too often is lost in math class.
byJanuary 27th, 2016
Making the leap from whole numbers to fractions can be challenging for students. Understanding the relationship between numerators and denominators is crucial to fractions success.
byJanuary 05th, 2016
Math concepts can often be challenging for students to grasp, which is why at Math Solutions, we provide tips for making your lessons go a little easier. Connecting content to real-life situations is often a huge help for struggling students. Doing so lets kids draw connections between the math they learn in the classroom and…