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 John Stevens, an instructional coach from California. He is the author of Table Talk Math and co-author of The Classroom...

“Why is it that as a society we’re willing to freely admit that we’re not competent mathematicians but would disguise any struggle we had with being literate? What if we decided that numeracy and literacy are both languages we should be fluent...

I thought that title would get your attention! Now just hear me out. I want you to consider that there is really very little in math that students must learn through direct instruction, that is explicit instruction from a teacher. Let me give two examples, and then...

Marketers know that a product’s brand is everything. If a product is not selling to its potential, one solution is often to tweak the brand, or “rebrand” the product. Kentucky Fried Chicken changed their branding to KFC to de-emphasize ‘fried...

Problem solving has been defined as knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do. I love that definition, although I don’t know who to credit it to. Last summer, I was privileged to hear Yeap Ban Har speak about Singapore math at the SDE National...

Consider this problem: Mario and Terrence have both been saving their allowance. Mario has saved $35 and Terrence has saved $52. What math is the problem asking you to do? If you said you don’t know, don’t feel bad! Without the question, there is no way...

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