Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Using Creativity to Boost Young Children’s Mathematical Thinking



The students in Molly James’s kindergarten classroom were tasked with creating a mathematical art gallery. They had each drawn a number and then searched for two types objects they could use to compose a visual number sentence — such as two rulers plus three scissors to equal five objects.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned

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The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different than my own experience in sitting in HS classes for long periods of time.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Where Are The Cool Rap Songs About Math? Within Students



Math teachers assign all kinds of activities to apply academic skills to the real world. At Willard Middle School in Berkeley, California, Robert MacCarthy (Mr. Mac) has made creating rap songs part of the algebra curriculum to tap into the interests of the students.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

5 Ways to "Remove the Walls" From Your Classroom



After the first day of school this year, I couldn't believe my luck! My seventh grade math and science students participated eagerly, worked well in groups, and followed our agreed-upon classroom procedures.

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