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 world, and ... Read *the* Post

## Math Culture–It’s more than a right answer!

"Do I have the right answer?"
One thing that I have noticed over the years as I have done more "kid watching" as I teach...is that we have most definitely conditioned our students to "fill in the blank". Whether we use workbooks, do worksheets with cute graphics, or encourage students to track their scores--we definitely convey to them that there is a "right way" to do things. Of course, in ... Read *the* Post

## How We Spend Our Math Minutes–Using Open Ended Math Tasks

Organizing Math Class Minutes
One thing that I really try to be mindful of when planning my math instruction is how I "spend" my minutes. There are some things I really try to minimize as I plan:
Transition delays
"correcting" things
passing out/collecting materials
filling out practice pages
And I try to spend as many minutes as possible doing the following:
high-level ... Read *the* Post

## Critique the Reasoning of Others…In a 5 minute lesson!

So I just wanted to share a super quick lesson idea that you might want to try. It was NOT in my plans, but I saw that a ton of my students made errors on a decimal number line problem and I knew I needed to do something ASAP. Those Standards for Mathematical Practice are SO important, so I took this opportunity to really give my students some work on critiquing the reasoning of ... Read *the* Post

## Partner Problem Solving: Earth Day

Looking for an easy math lesson idea to help you get some much-needed one-on-one time or small group time with students? See what you think...
I always have a pocket chart or two on my wall where I keep word problems or other challenges at all times. I can change these out to be more seasonal, to be more review, or to match the topic we are studying. In this case, I ... Read *the* Post

## Area and Perimeter Studies: Part 2–Math Talk, Guided Practice, and More!

I blogged a few days ago about some of the fun area and perimeter activities we had done in class (If you missed it, just CLICK HERE.) and I promised you a follow-up post!
With "big" concepts, I tend to have a sequence of teaching that doesn't really follow a formula but does have a certain sequence. First of all, I want the students to explore and build their understanding. That's ... Read *the* Post

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