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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

April 23, 2018

How to Create Mathematical Discourse That Improves Reasoning, Grades 1–8

“How am I going to get my students reasoning about math in my class?” If you are just getting started in this area or even if you have been at it for a few years, you will find here some great ideas for using classroom discourse to get mathematical reasoning flowing in your class.

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April 11, 2018

3 Coordinate Plane Activities and Coordinate Plane Word Problems, Grades 5–6

Coordinate plane activities are fun for students. I find that they enjoy the visual aspect of identifying coordinates and creating shapes using those coordinates. In this post I will be sharing three coordinate plane activities that focus on coordinate plane word problems from the Progress in Mathematics series for Grades 5 and 6.

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February 27, 2018

5 Ways to Update Your Methods and Strategies In Teaching Mathematics

If you are feeling like your methods and strategies in teaching mathematics have gotten a little stale, it is time to breath new life into your teaching! In this article, I explore the dreaded "teaching slump" and how incorporating new strategies into instruction is the quickest way to kick the boredom and negativity.

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October 17, 2017

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

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 was one big question—who was going to step up to the plate to lead the effort? None of the faculty had ever built a robot, never mind teaching a student to do so! As a result, I volunteered to start the robotics club with the understanding that I would have to learn along with the students.

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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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June 14, 2017

P3: Partner Problem-Solving Protocol and Graphic Organizer

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 Problem-Solving Protocol and Graphic Organizer.

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