Archive for the ‘Mathematics’ Category

  • Learning Disorders in the Math Classroom

    on May 19, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management, Mathematics, Special Education • with Comments

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    The combination of Common Core standards, especially in math, and placing students with learning disorders in the least restrictive environment possible has become a conundrum for teachers and students alike. Neither common core nor least restrictive environment is going away any time soon so we need to find a way to actively engage all of our students in the math classroom. All of the suggestions that I am making in this article have been used successfully in my own classroom with students who had a variety of learning issues. 1. Place students in groups of

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  • Dyscalculia – The Dyslexia of Mathematics

    on May 6, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics • with Comments

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    For years educators have known about dyslexia. There are well documented studies that explain dyslexia as well as strategies that can be used to help those who are diagnosed with this learning disorder. Until recently, however, there has been very little known about dyscalculia. This is partly because unlike dyslexia, dyscalculia manifests itself in a number of different ways. This article will provide an overview of dyscalculia along with a list of issues that young children may show that suggest they may have dyscalculia. In later articles I will go into more detail about the

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  • All Mathematics is Political: Post Session with Rochelle Gutierrez

    on May 1, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Interviews, Mathematics • with Comments

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    Following an emotionally stimulating conference session presented by Dr. Rochelle Gutierrez, I was intent on waiting in a line behind dozens of people for the opportunity to sit and talk with her. She began her talk with an engaging moment where she asked audience participants to “Stand Up” for the reasons they entered the teaching profession. One group after the other, we began standing; standing as student advocates, as lovers of the mathematics, as people who had been motivated by teachers in the past, as change agents! Dr. Gutierrez continued through an illuminating hour where

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  • The Case for Using Calculators

    on Apr 29, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics • with Comments

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    There are a multitude of opinions on the topic of calculators, ranging from: “I learned math without a calculator” to “what happens if children are dependent on calculators and there isn’t one around” to “children should not move on to higher level math until they can do basic computations mentally.” I am going to explain why I believe these opinions are keeping our students from being comfortable learning and using math.  Following are my responses to common arguments against calculator use: 1. I learned math without a calculator. Most of the people that I have heard

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  • Top five reasons to go to the 2015 NCTM Annual Conference

    on Apr 29, 14 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics • with Comments

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    I have attended the past eight NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) conferences. The event has become an annual highlight in both my academic and professional careers. For me, the conference has always been about learning. There were some years when I savored a walk through the exhibit hall to discover the newest software and manipulatives, or the latest books and teacher resources. In fact I still get excited walking through the plethora of exhibitors to see how modernized technology continues to inspire a new vision of mathematics. There were other years, however, that

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