### My Addiction Feed

- Talking Math with Your Kids
- The Recovering Traditionalist
- Marilyn Burns Math Blog
- Teaching to the Beat of a Different Drummer
- The Learning Kaleidoscope
- Traditionalist Becoming Non-Traditional
- Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had
- Following Learning
- dy/dan
- Math Minds
- Elementary Teacher in Middle School
- Exit 10A
- Bridging The Gap
- Robert Kaplinsky
- emergent math
- Under the Dome
- Overthinking my teaching
- Divisible by 3 [Andrew Stadel]
- Finding Ways

# Category Archives: Intellectual Need

## The Task Graveyard

It’s where my ideas go to die. But like the mighty phoenix, I have one idea for a task that keeps rising from the ashes. It just won’t die. If Bruce Willis was a math task, I’ve seen his face. … Continue reading

## I’m Placing a Hit on the Pseudo-Context

## Beginning a Unit with a 3-Act Task

## Get Your Model On: Modeling in the Elementary Grades

Dan Meyer’s work on mathematical modeling has been instrumental in shaping my own understanding. I’m super thankful for Dan’s commitment to SMP #4 over the years. So when he recently posted that he was shifting gears, I was bummed. It was like … Continue reading

## Perplexity Drives Productivity

I think about the question mark every time I teach a lesson. I’ve been so carefully to get to this point. Yet sometimes my question mark comes from a path that looks like this. The opening part of the lesson is over … Continue reading

Posted in 3-Act Tasks, Intellectual Need, Modeling, Patient Problem Solving, Planning
Tagged 3-Act tasks, assiimilation, Dan Meyer, Open Middle, perplexity, Robert Kaplinsky
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## The Algebrafication of Kindergarten

Counting and cardinality is critical in kindergarten. Without it, all math fails. With that being said, counting can be extremely boring which causes many students to quickly lose focus. One thing I’ve tried to do this year is identify ways to engage … Continue reading

Posted in counting, Intellectual Need, Making Math Accessible, SMPs, Strategy Development, Teacher Content
Tagged Fawn Nguyen, manipulatives
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## Teaching Keywords? Forget About it!

## Using Ten Frames: A means to modeling math

Grinding through testing season and I found a minute to get back in the classroom. Today, I was able to make it in a kindergarten class to wrestle with something Dan Meyer mentioned during his NCSM Webinar (my world rocked @ 7 minutes and 15 seconds). Dan said … Continue reading

Posted in Intellectual Need, Teaching in a Context
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## Chicken or Egg? Area or Perimeter?

I took some time last night to look through 3rd grade units from all over the map. I was amazed to see that about 95% of them suggested teaching perimeter first. Why is that? The two most common definitions 3rd … Continue reading

## Guilty as Charged!!!

I cheated and got caught! Bottom line, no ifs, ands, or buts…I cheated. Some teachers were high-fiving, others were frustrated, some disappointed, and I was happy. Now don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t happy that I cheated, it was the … Continue reading

Posted in Intellectual Need, Patient Problem Solving
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