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  • Last week I wrote about making math accessible to teachers, and I featured a routine called Would You Rather Math. The website was developed by…
  • I am just back from the NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition in sunny San Diego, and what a phenomenal experience it was! There was a…
  • I understand the allure of worksheets. Really I do. Students need practice with new concepts, and worksheets provide an easy vehicle for that practice. Worksheets…
  • I recently spoke to the mother of a 1st-grade student who told her mom that she was bad at math because everyone in the class…
  • “My tickets were trivial–just quick, mostly routine math computation. Now, my tasks focus on problem solving and reasoning.” The Formative 5, page 108 This post contains affiliate…
  • “…the success of a lesson actually hinges on responses to such questions as an indication of whether students understand enough to move on. “ The Formative 5, page…
  • “Show Me is interactive in that its use can provide an indication as to the extent to which what has been taught has been learned. “ The…
  • Have you ever thought that maybe people who think they are not good at math really have just never been taught math in a way…
  • “A brief one-on-one or small group interview has the potential to yield cues regarding particular mathematical challenges, misconceptions, shallow understanding, and cues for next steps…
  • “…observation, while perhaps the most informal and readily used of the five formative assessment techniques presented, is both taken for granted and, at least to…
  • Looking for an easy, yet powerful, 3- and 4-digit place value game? Well, I’ve got something for you today! Build the Biggest is my version…
  • “Included among the understandings that encompass assessment literacy are teacher expectations related to the identification, selection, or creation of assessments designed for monitoring student growth and…
  • “Fennell, Kobett, and Wray make a strong case that when instruction is optimal, the concepts of planning, instruction, and formative assessment become virtually indistinguishable–they all…
  • A goal of our mathematics instruction should be to help our students develop flexibility with numbers. For that to happen, children need to experience the…
  • Math should make sense. It’s a relatively simple statement, yet for many, it’s the stuff of dreams. I know that as a child growing up,…
  • “The goal during the first few weeks of Math Workshop is to create a learning culture in which students know and apply routines and procedures…

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