Let's face it. Sometimes students look at you while your teaching and you can read their minds.
"Why in the world are we doing this?"
And in their defense...when they are filling out worksheets or pages of a math workbook, it's easy to lose the "real world" in the math and focus instead on the answers in the boxes. Whenever humanly possible, I try to make math meaningful to my ... Read *the* Post

## Math Workshop–or Not? 5 Ways to Keep Students Learning in Math

Well, here we are...our final day of the summer math challenge! I hope you have enjoyed the series and have made some plans to try some new things this year! Is "math workshop" a buzzword in your school? Read on and see my thoughts on the topic!
Today's final challenge involves asking you to do some reflecting on how you actually organize your math instruction. I am constantly getting ... Read *the* Post

## Providing Quality Math Problem Solving Experiences

A few challenges ago, I talked pretty extensively about problem solving as it related to word problems with tips and suggestions and food for thought. Today I want to talk about problem solving "experiences" that are NOT word problems so that we can adjust our thinking and plan for meaningful math instruction. So here we go...some ideas to get you thinking about problem solving!
Presenting ... Read *the* Post

## Planning for Meaningful Math Assessment

"Planning for math assessment" is a phrase that we might not use that often. PLANNING for assessment? 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

## Accountable Math Talk: 6 Tips for Creating a Culture for Math

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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## Curriculum Planning for a Great Year of Math Instruction

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

## Unpacking and Teaching 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.
Algebraic Thinking: Help for teachers
If you sometimes struggle to know exactly ... Read *the* Post

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