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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 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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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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May 8, 2017

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

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 use is spelled out explicitly, beginning in Grade 2.

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March 28, 2017

How to Use the Standards for Mathematical Practice in K– Grade 2

One way to help students achieve high levels of mathematical proficiency is to use the Standards for Mathematical Practice in addition to content standards. When we are able to infuse our lessons with these practices, students engage their higher order thinking skills in order to solve problems.

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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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September 13, 2016

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

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 have a discussion-based classroom format, you will notice whether students are precise in their use of vocabulary and reasoning. The download for this post is a teacher tip sheet, part of the series of tip sheets for the Standards for Mathematical Practice.

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