## Do Students Need Algebra?

It’s no secret that algebra is the bane of many students’ lives. Failure rates for high schoolers across US states reach as high as 82%, and even among students who elect to take the subject, failure rates of 50% are common. Algebra – along with other advanced math subjects – is frequently listed as one of […]

## 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 […]

## Common Core’s Common Problem: When 5×3≠3×5

Once again Common Core has hit the headlines, distressing us commoners and confusing us about everything we think we know with respect to math. What was the offending issue?  Well it was simple: “Use the repeated addition strategy to solve : 5 x 3.” Easy, right? Math that potentially I could do. Not so fast… The child answered 15, with […]

## Long Lasting Effects of Math Anxiety

Parents like myself, who thought that they have washed their hands off math homework on the last day of high school, will be saddened to know that incomprehensible math is once again their problem. And, if you believe social media, the situation is far more dire than it was in our day, largely due to […]

## 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 […]