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 Using Strip Diagrams

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 problems.
Just ... Read *the* Post

## Writing about math – Explaining Math Thinking

Writing about and explaining 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 ... 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 classroom to see if I ... Read *the* Post

## Project Based Learning Math Tasks: The Benefits of Low Floor High Ceiling Math Tasks

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

## Mathematical Mindset –It’s more than getting a right answer!

Let's chat about mathematical mindset today! 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. ... Read *the* Post

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