I previously dismissed long division as a meaningless math procedure. Am I backpedaling now in response to readers' comments?
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May 26, 2014
April 24, 2014
Instruction that focuses on procedures helps students do math, not know math.
March 31, 2014
Why math practice standard #1 (make sense of problems and persevere in solving them) is so important, and how to help students achieve it.
February 17, 2014
Students should learn from their mistakes, not erase their mistakes.
January 22, 2014
Requiring students to always show their work reinforces doing math more so than knowing math.
September 22, 2013
A reminder from Oz about the need to maintain high standards for students.
December 24, 2012
A simple suggestion to help students who have difficulties with decimals.
July 15, 2012
Procedural fluency or conceptual understanding--math educators have debated for years which is more important. I sided with conceptual understanding until my colleague Angela McIver helped me see the value of procedural fluency in terms of stamina. Like all of us, students have finite energy. The mo...
June 30, 2012
The fate of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics will depend on how we teach more so than what we teach. It's great, for example, that teachers will now have time to explore topics in greater depth. But unless they're prepared to go deeper with those topics, the extra time will be ...
April 01, 2012
Just hearing the F word can cause kids (adults too) to freak out. And if you think about it, there are lots of reasons students feel flummoxed by fractions. For one thing, there's the misleading vocabulary, as when we reduce a fraction to lowest terms even though it doesn't involve a reduction in va...