Archive for the ‘Mathematics’ Category

  • Fractions – Parts of a Whole

    on Aug 13, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics • with Comments

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    Fractions can be one of the most frustrating topics to teach to elementary school children. Linking the experience of your students with fractions in their daily lives to fractions in the classroom can make this task easier. Young children have early experiences with the concept of fractions when they want to share a sandwich with a friend. They know that if they have a sandwich that is cut in two parts they can share it by keeping half for themselves and giving the other half to their friend. This experience gives them the foundation for

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  • The Difference Between Calculation and Mathematics

    on Aug 5, 14 • in Common Core, Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics, Policy • with Comments

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    This piece originally ran on Bluffcityed.com on July 29, 2014; In mid-July last year, I was ready to try something completely different. I had previously taught Algebra I, but I was moving to a new content; geometry. I’d taught it before under the old Tennessee state standards but had left the course feeling like the kids never truly connected to the content. They were great at calculating and finding the right answer, but weren’t connecting to the math. Surely there was a better way to make the course meaningful! In that spirit I decided to do

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  • 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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