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

## Math Culture–It’s more than a 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 math, we usually DO want ... 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

## More Fraction Number Lines: More Critiquing Reasoning!

If you missed my post the other day about using number lines to improve fractional reasoning, you might want to take a peek at it before digging into this post! Just CLICK HERE if you missed it...because I want you to know that the lesson featured today was not the FIRST time my students had worked with this number lines....and the lesson is one that should come after they have had some ... Read *the* Post