The first days of school are great for getting first impressions of your new students. Collecting information from students is interesting and fun when they are given open ended sentences to complete. You can gain insight on their personality (i.e.…
If you are familiar with the Common Core Progressions documents, you may recognize the name Bill McCallum. He is a Common Core Standards author as well as an author of the Progressions. He frequently posts to the site Common Core…
Student understanding of dividing with fractions is usually regulated to something to the effect of, "You need to flip the fraction and you need to multiply." As a teacher, I am usually excited if students can even recall that information.…
Have you ever heard someone say, "When you multiply, your product is always greater than your factors", "When you divide, your quotient is always less than your dividend and divisor." Are these statements always true? Are we inadvertently teaching misconceptions…
Quick, but interesting read on how our descriptions and language used to describe student learning and goals could potentially affect student learning. For instance, when we describe a certain skill as a "3rd grade skill" or say "a 4th grader…
Functions can be overwhelming with all of the f's, x's, and f(x)'s. But in reality, functions are quite easy to understand once you know how they work. So what is a function? Well, a function can be described as a…
It's January, and the beginning of a new calendar year. The NCTM Math Forum annually holds a contest for students to determine if they can use the digits in the year along with any of the operation symbols, a decimal…
Do your students look like they are filming a "mannequin challenge" when it comes to math interaction and discourse? Research has shown that children engaged and interacting with deep, purposeful tasks will have greater learning gains. So how can we…
Nora Oswald has created a cool Battling Robots game in which students draw cards to create robots with different battling powers combining expressions. Students must create a powerful robot, roll dice, and then use the value from the dice to…
The Florida Standards Assessment for mathematics is months away, but the preparation can never begin too early. You may be aware of Dr. Norman Webb's model for Depth of Knowledge (DOK). Though Webb's model implies 4 complexity levels, Florida has…
Want to connect to your children's learning experiences at school but they currently don't have any homework? Check out this post from Edutopia, giving parents 15 alternative questions for deeper inquiry into the learning and experiences of their children's day…