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Close Reading Lesson: Faithful Elephants by Yukio Tsuchiya

Close reading is when a reader analyzes the details of a text to make interpretations and develop a deep understanding of the passage. Often the reader uses a short text and rereads the passage several times focusing on a different literary element with each read... Continue Reading

March 21, 2017

How Whole Number Division Fits into the Curriculum

Long division is one of the most difficult tasks for late elementary and middle school students to learn. While many students master it quickly, for others it can be a painful process.

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March 16, 2017

Trends in Standardized Test in Mathematics: What’s Important and How Is It Being Scored?

There has been a major upheaval in the standardized testing that students receive in math. The types of content that are being tested, the types of questions used to test them, computerized testing, and new and different ways of reporting the results all seem to be in a constant state of flux.

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March 7, 2017

How to Improve Mathematical Discourse in Your Classroom

It has been difficult for me to learn how to stimulate vibrant discussions about mathematics among students. I realized very early in my teaching career that in order to get students engaged in mathematical discourse I needed to foster community in the classroom, to help students feel safe expressing ideas, and to demonstrate that math can be fun!

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March 1, 2017

How to Express Regularity in Repeated Reasoning with Fact Families At the Middle School Level

I have been seeing the usefulness of teaching fact families at the middle school level. As a result, I have been thinking about how students look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning (Mathematical Practice 8)  in a new way.

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February 22, 2017

3 Categories of Knowledge New Math Teachers Need to Be Successful

Helping new teachers acclimate to their positions is one of the primary jobs of mentors. One thing that has been helpful for me in framing my discussions with newer teachers is thinking of what kind of knowledge they need to be successful in the classroom. This post explains how to do just that and includes a downloadable checklist you can use when you are working with new teachers.

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February 15, 2017

How to Use Teddy Bear Counters in the Elementary Math Classroom

Teddy bear counters have become near and dear to many early elementary math educators. Having come from mostly a middle- and high-school teaching background, I first encountered the use of teddy bear counters in an early childhood development class. At first I thought it was simplistic, but the more I have learned about elementary mathematics, the more I see their benefit to math teachers and students alike.

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