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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]