Today I have a little twist on the Think-Pair-Share strategy. When using Think-Pair-Share, you pose a question to the class, give them a minute to think about it without talking, have them talk to their partner about their solution, and then, finally, the pairs share...

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...

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, math certainly did not make sense to me. Math was about memorizing procedures and performing tedious calculations. That...

“I want noise and plenty of it–productive, purposeful, and meaningful noise–from everyone, students and teachers alike.” Christine Moynihan, Math Sense I have, quite possibly, the best job ever. I am a K-5 math interventionist, which means I...

As part of my school’s PBIS behavior management system, students have the opportunity to earn “tokens” they can save and redeem for rewards. A student favorite is the Stinky Feet pass, which allows students to work in the classroom with their shoes...

If we want students to use precise mathematical language (and we do!), then we have to be sure we model what that sounds like. Let’s look at some shortcuts we often take in our own language and see how they undermine our goal of having students deeply understand...

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