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

## Differentiated Problem Solving: A New Approach

I know so many of you have been looking for a way to build deep math thinking with your intermediate students--I know this because I get questions about it all the time!
You want your students to be challenged in new and interesting ways—and be easily able to differentiate so that ALL your students can benefit, right?
Here's the problem...what's challenging for some is way too ... Read *the* Post

## Area and Perimeter: Getting Students Talking about Math

Research shows that students learn best when they are collaborating and talking about math. My 25+ years in the classroom tells me that this is, indeed, true--but I'll go a step farther and make the claim that math discourse can raise the level of engagement, motivation, and excitement as well. I thought I'd share some details about some recent area and perimeter work in my ... Read *the* Post

## Project Based Learning Math Tasks: The Benefits of the Challenge

So many times I am asked questions about why many students seem so disengaged in math. I ask these teachers to flip through their resources and see how many of them truly help students see the real life application of math--and solve rigorous, engaging problems that students can relate to. PBL (project based learning) can help make the connections between the math skills and the real ... Read *the* Post

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