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How to Create Rubrics That Will Enhance STEAM Projects in the Math Classroom

October 17, 2017 at 7:21 PM

A few years ago, we wanted to start a robotics club in our school. When I say we, I mean the school’s students, parents, and administration. While all the teachers thought it was a good idea, there...Read more

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

September 26, 2017 at 3:20 PM

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. Read more

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

August 24, 2017 at 4:32 PM

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...Read more

P3: Partner Problem-Solving Protocol and Graphic Organizer

June 14, 2017 at 1:36 PM

In this era of increased demands on student reasoning in mathematics, I have been thinking about how to incorporate more student reasoning into my classroom. I came up with the P3: Partner...Read more

How the Number Line Should Be Used at Each Grade Level to Support Coherence in Mathematics

May 8, 2017 at 7:36 PM

Using number lines is one of those topics that are often taken for granted in the elementary and middle school curriculum. With the advent of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, their...Read more

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

March 1, 2017 at 1:39 PM

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...Read more

Attend to Precision in the K–8 Classroom: Math Standard 6

September 13, 2016 at 2:32 PM

Today’s Standard for Mathematical Practice, Attend to Precision, is one of the ones I work with the most in my classroom. Students can engage in some great discussions about precision. Also, when you...Read more

Three Ways to Use Appropriate Tools Strategically (Mathematical Practice 5)

August 11, 2016 at 6:30 AM

There is a great deal to say about how to use appropriate tools strategically, which is Mathematical Practice 5 from the Common Core State Standards. It is simple to say that this standard is about...Read more

Mathematical Practice 3 for Middle School Students: Vocabulary to Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others

May 18, 2016 at 5:51 PM

We are looking at Mathematical Practice 3 today as a part of a series of blog posts on using the Standards for Mathematical Practice at the middle school level. Mathematical Practice 3 asks students...Read more

3 Ways to Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively in the Middle School Classroom

May 12, 2016 at 7:00 AM

In this post I will share several ways that you can use Mathematical Practice 2 in your classroom. For me, this practice was one of the more confusing ones when I first tried to understand it. I hope...Read more

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