To help students develop competence and confidence in math, teachers should be concerned with the quality of problems they assign rather than the quantity.
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November 30, 2015
Why wait for test results to use data to drive instruction? Collect data during all academic tasks, and use it to make timely decisions based on students' needs.
October 14, 2015
Are you overwhelmed trying to navigate the sea of sites related to Common Core Math? Here's a manageable list of free online resources my team has found helpful in our Common Core Math work with instructional leaders and teachers.
September 30, 2015
Don't blame teachers when math scores drop. Give them the support they need for learning to improve.
July 31, 2015
I loved my students' reactions after they learned something with little or no help from me. Exhales. Smiles. High-fives. Exclamations ("Man, I got it, Coach G!"). And yes, dancing. (I even joined in when it was "Time for the Percolator.")
April 30, 2015
Solving problems starts with sense-making, not answer-getting.
March 30, 2015
A key instructional shift called for by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics is the dual emphasis on conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.
February 28, 2015
"Great idea, but it'll never work for my students." I hear this a lot when I encourage teachers to engage students in productive struggle rather than try to prevent struggle. I thought it wouldn't work for my students either, but they proved me wrong.
January 31, 2015
Students often learn best through rapid release of responsibility, where teachers start with You Do rather than I Do.
July 28, 2014
Giving answers to students in math class shifts the focus away from getting answers.