## Counting Around the Room

Counting is an essential skill for all mathematicians, but not just for the ability to know how many of something there are. Counting around the room is an activity that helps students build fluency, identify number relationships, and look for and make use of patterns and structure. This activity is easy to execute as timing […]

## How Games Strengthen Mathematical Thinking

Many students are so inundated with homework assignments, practice problems, and workbooks that they lack time to play games. However, this gameplay is just as important to student progress as these assignments are. Yes, the academic content in these assignments is important, but games can be used to teach broader thinking skills such as the […]

## Why Place Value Is So Important

Place value is one of the key concepts in mathematics curriculum and though it is only explicitly in the standards in the lower grades, understanding place value (or not understanding it) will follow students through their mathematics journey. It is essential that students understand the meaning of a number. For example, in the number 635, […]

## Every Student Succeeds…What Does That Mean For Teachers?

It has been nearly two months since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law. The bill, passed by the Senate on December 9th and signed by President Obama December 10th, gives state and local governments more power over educational policies, including standards, assessments, and teacher evaluation systems. Replacing the No Child Left Behind […]

## Explaining Remainders

Students often struggle with division problems that do not yield a whole number result. Whether dividing whole numbers in the lower grades or fractions in middle school, when students are asked to explain what the remainder represents, they become puzzled. Context plays a vital role in making sense of the remainder. If a student is […]

## Using Models vs. Drawing Pictures

Recently, there has been a lot of pushback from parents and students alike about the use of models in the math classroom. I believe that much of this stems from a misconception that a model must be in the form of a picture or diagram. There are times when a model is in the form […]

## Educating Students About Group Work

There are always students who struggle to work collaboratively. At times, it would certainly be easier to have students sit at their own desk, separate from the distractions of others, and work alone. Often, the students would prefer this too. However, taking this route does a disservice to our students, as community members, and as […]

## Number Strings

A number string is a set of related math problems. Strings are often used in the earlier grades, but can be used in any grade, and the benefits of the strings are everlasting. Students work to solve strings using mental math strategies and then share their strategies with the class after being given time to […]

## The Landscape Of Math Education: Fostering Student Understanding

As important as it is for teachers to have a full understanding of the progression of mathematical ideas, it is also helpful for students as well. There is often a disconnect for students in the math classroom, but this disconnect doesn’t always come from the content in front of them. Students approach writing in math […]

## The Landscape of Math Education: K-12 Teacher Collaboration

September 7th, the first day of school.  Students clutter the hallways with fresh books, markers, clothes, and (happy or otherwise), fresh faces. Teachers prepare to greet a brand new class- excited by the prospect of change and eager learning. But how much do we really know about these students as learners? About how they have […]