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Category Archives: Planning
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
Making Sense of Invert and Multiply
As elementary teachers, we rarely have the opportunity to explore division of a fraction by a fraction. When we do, it’s normally accompanied with KeepChangeFlip or the saying “Yours is not the reason why, just invert and multiply.” Both are conceptual … Continue reading
The Progression of Division
Last month I posted The Progression of Multiplication hoping that a couple of friends and parents would find it helpful. Well, here’s my stab at the progression of division. I understand that there’s lots of ways to model division and this is only … Continue reading
The Progression of Multiplication
There’s a lot happening in elementary mathematics and it’s really tough for teachers to keep up with it all…let alone parents and administrators. I keep reminding myself that the turtle won the race. It’s my hope that in creating and … Continue reading
More Bang for your Buck: The Power of the Estimation Station
Time IS NOT on our side! In a 1st grade planning session I was asked,”How do we fit it all in?” I loved this question because it asked for a solution to problem we know exists. We collectively tackled this question … Continue reading
Posted in counting, Estimation, K2, Making Math Accessible, Math Tools, Number Sense, Planning
Tagged Andrew Stadel, comparing numbers, estimation, graphing, number lines, ordering numbers
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K1 Number Sense Trajectory
Before I travelled to NCTM I was finishing up some district PL with K1 teachers. As part of the workshop, teachers were asked to engage in a Number Sense Trajectory CutNSort match header and descriptor place in the order that students … Continue reading
Posted in counting, K2, Math Progressions, Number Sense, Planning, Teacher Content
Tagged comparison, counting, professional learning, subitizing, Trajectory
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#WhyMTBoS? I need it to connect with “Z” kids
If you’re reading this blog for the first time, you’re now part of something big. Something special. Something empowering. You’re now part of the MathTwitterBlogosphere. What you do next is completely up to you, but the members of the MTBoS want you … Continue reading
Posted in Planning, Teacher Content
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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 3Act Tasks, Intellectual Need, Modeling, Patient Problem Solving, Planning
Tagged 3Act tasks, assiimilation, Dan Meyer, Open Middle, perplexity, Robert Kaplinsky
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Standards for Mathematical Practice…for Teachers
They’re really for me but I plan to share them at some upcoming PL sessions. I’ll take any suggestions and comments of how to make them better… 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them – Teachers of mathematically … Continue reading
Teaching Keywords? Forget About it!
I received an email from a principal in my district last Tuesday: Please send me info on why teachers should be careful about teaching kids to pull out keywords from word problems as a key way to define what operation to … Continue reading