Do you explicitly teach speaking and listening in your classroom? Many of us are familiar with the term "accountable talk" as it refers to discourse in the classroom. Many districts have begun implementing "accountable talk" initiatives. Teachers are working hard to explicitly teach students how to engage in quality educational discussions. I think most educators will be in agreement that this ... Read *the* Post

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## Teaching Patterns and Patterning in Upper Grades

Why Teach Patterns?
"Patterning" is something that has typically been a focus of primary classrooms. Pass by any kindergarten or first grade room early in the school year and you can expect to see SOME sort of patterning work happening. The simple truth is that we sometimes forget WHY we get our youngest students thinking in terms of patterns. We NEED students to be able to recognize and ... Read *the* Post

## Word Problem Mistake: Making All Your Word Problems Match Your Content

Over the years I have noticed that students tend to look for routine in math class. If it’s a division unit, they will divide any two numbers they find! If it’s a subtraction unit, they try to regroup everything! So what does this mean for word problems? It means we need to put students in a position where THEY need to think and decide what operation and strategies to choose.
If we constantly ... Read *the* Post

## Addition and Subtraction Computation with a TWIST!

Teaching Computation
Addition and subtraction with regrouping are two critical math skills that all elementary students must learn. One thing that we often forget is that students need to experience math instruction—even computation in different ways. So often we ask them to “fill in the blank” instead of really thinking and tapping into that number sense we know they need. Most math series do ... Read *the* Post

## Distance Learning or Virtual Teaching or Whatever This New Mess Is

Distance Learning? Huh?
So a few weeks ago, if you would have told me I would be teaching my students from my home office, kitchen, couch, and basement I would have thought you were crazy. Yet here we are. Times are scary, folks. I am working on my growth mindset as I plunge myself into figuring this all out. Today I thought I'd share some of my musings with you as I get past my first week ... Read *the* Post

## Using Math Sorts to Encourage Productive Struggle

Ah, the things teachers say when deep in the moment of teaching angles.
These words came out of my mouth this week. During a formal observation. While I was teaching math. #lifeinthetrenches
I know you know how it goes--your administrator pops in for those required observations, and you just hope all goes well, that the students rise to the occasion, and that NO ONE STICKS TISSUES IN THEIR ... Read *the* Post

## Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others…A Math Sorts Lesson

The Standards for Mathematical Practice should form the foundation of every math "content" lesson, but so often textbooks don't do a good job helping teachers know how to make this happen. Check out this lesson idea that immerses students in the standard of "Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others". See what you think--and imagine how much practice the students got in a ... Read *the* Post

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