"Planning for math assessment" is a phrase that we might not use that often. PLANNING for instruction? Isn't it just something we DO? I think a proactive approach to assessment leads to better instruction, less stress, and more efficient use of our time. I want to bring up some different topics related to math assessment as food for thought.
Math Content Assessment
We all know that we need ... Read *the* Post

## 6 Tips for Creating a Classroom Culture for Math Talk

So now that many of us have sketched out our year and have done some thinking about the sequence of instruction, resources we have at our disposal, and so on--it's time to start considering the math culture and math talk we want our classroom to have. This is a little less tangible than writing things down on a calendar, so I have a little food for thought as you ponder this idea.
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## Crafting a Yearly Math Curriculum Plan

One thing I try to do for ALL subjects in the summer is to create a yearly math curriculum plan that helps me with curriculum pacing and other teaching decisions.
Today's CHALLENGE is for you to find a way to do the same! I'll talk to you a bit about what I do--and then you are going to head off and find a way to do this for your year of math. If this doesn't fit your needs--no worry! ... Read *the* Post

## More Than a Math Center: Help to Unpack and Teach Algebraic Thinking and Operations

So often teachers are asked to teach math standards—whether they be from the Common Core or other rigorous standards—and aren’t given enough help or the resources to do it well. Algebraic thinking? For real? I've talked to teachers who roll their eyes and tell me that they don't really even GET what that means.
Help for teachers
If you sometimes struggle to know exactly what the standards ... Read *the* Post

## What makes teaching fractions so challenging?

If you have followed me or seen any of my webinars, you know that I wholeheartedly believe that all students can learn math at a high level--and we, as teachers, need to constantly strive to refine our teaching strategies and methods so that we reach ALL students...no matter their starting point. This is especially true for fractions which can be one of the most challenging things we teach. This ... Read *the* Post

## Teaching Comparison Problems

It's my day to blog over at Upper Elementary Snapshots! Check out today's post all about teaching COMPARISON PROBLEMS...and how important it is to help students really dig deeply into their problem solving. I hope you get some helpful tips! Whether you call them comparison problems, tape diagrams, or strip diagrams--these problems can really helps students "make sense" of ... Read *the* Post

## Writing about math

Writing about math thinking is REALLY challenging. Students in the intermediate grades aren't used to taking their ideas and transferring them to paper when it comes to complex ideas! If you have asked students to "explain their thinking" about a solution, you may have noticed them writing things like:
"First I took the 64 and the 49 and I added them. Then I took the rest away." ... Read *the* Post

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