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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

October 12, 2017

Math Center Ideas That Will Make Implementation a Success

One of the hardest things to do is change the way we teach. We learn in educational programs that engaging students with each other and individualizing instruction are some of the keys to keeping students on track. Yet I sometimes find myself stuck in the mode of “talk and chalk,” leading the whole class through “I do, we do together, you do” activities. One of the solutions to getting out of this pattern of whole group instruction is the use of rotations and math centers. I am including one of my favorite math center activities as a download for this post.

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October 4, 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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September 26, 2017

Using the Rule of Four Template to Help Middle School Students Model with Mathematics

This post looks at a Rule of Four Template and how teachers can use it to help students model with mathematics at the middle school level.

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September 7, 2017

3 Resources for Professional Development for Math Teachers (from Lucy West)

One of the most powerful professional development experiences for me was working with Lucy West. She was hired as a consultant to the urban school district where I was working as a middle school math coach. Her work with our district transformed my view of professional development and changed the way I teach. I am thrilled to be able to share three resources from Ms. West with you.

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August 24, 2017

5 Strategies That Will Enhance Your Math Instruction, for Free!

If you have been teaching math for several years, as I have, you probably have seen a slump in your own and others’ practice. I survived the first few years of teaching, learning about classroom management and how to process the ever-continuing flow of correcting and administrative duties. Then I began thinking about what it was going to be like to do this for the rest of my life. Don’t get me wrong—I love teaching, but the daily grind sometimes ate away at my motivation.

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July 26, 2017

A Math Icebreaker Your Elementary Students Will Love

It’s a new school year and I’m already looking for new activities to use with my students, so that we can get to know each other and I can observe a little bit about their math skills. Today, I’m sharing with you a math icebreaker that will get students out of their seats and interacting with each other.

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