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Stop Perpetuating Math Anxiety

“Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics; I assure you that mine are greater.” – Albert Einstein Are teachers increasing students’ anxiety levels in mathematics, especially as state testing approaches? Teachers may very well be swelling the negative feelings…
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Dividing Using the Area Model in Context of Problem Solving

Dividing Using the Area Model in Context of Problem Solving
143 students will be attending the school music concert. Each row will seat 13 students. How many rows will be needed for all of the students to have a seat? Long division. Ugh. When was the last time you used…
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The Dreaded Math Word Problem: Get Organized to Solve the Problem!

The Dreaded Math Word Problem: Get Organized to Solve the Problem!
Students of all ages have difficulty applying comprehension skills when reading and interpreting math word problems. Those of us who attended school before the year 2000 know that most of our instruction was computation with two word problems to solve…
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Why Bother to Estimate??

Why Bother to Estimate??
Estimation is often overlooked in lessons involving multiplication or division. Even if students are told to estimate first, they often calculate to find the precise answer then round it to make an estimate. That should prompt teachers to consider the…
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Build math and science vocabulary and have fun!

Build math and science vocabulary and have fun!
Building vocabulary knowledge and usage in mathematics and science should not amount to copying definitions in notebooks. Decades of copying definitions has resulted in many students being able to repeat a definition but not show its application in context. A…
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Stop creating a word wall for your students!

Stop creating a word wall for your students!
How effective is it to have a list of math words on the wall? Who decides what words to place on the wall and who puts them up on display? Students benefit from building vocabulary knowledge. Teachers often create word…
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