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Teaching & Learning Mathematics Through Current Events

This winter is a good time to bring the current events of the pandemic into our mathematics classes. Our students and their families are hearing and watching the news about the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the latest vaccines. The research on this virus and the results from the studies on these vaccines are …

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Online Technologies can Transform a Classroom into a Teaching and Learning Environment in which all Students are Able to Learn Effectively

By Raina Eckhardt, NHTM Post Secondary Representative Twenty-twenty has been a challenging year for educators. The social distancing requirements brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many schools to move from a traditional face-to-face classroom to an online or hybrid environment. This abrupt change has created challenges for educators, students, and families. Teachers continue …

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Growth Mindset: Three Strategies to Support Instruction and Learning

By Guest Blogger David Costello As we work through a school year unlike any other, it is important that teachers consider the impact of growth mindset on student learning. Growth mindset, in its basic premise, is the belief that students can understand and work with mathematics concepts and procedures (Boaler, 2016). Teachers can facilitate learning …

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Subtraction is the Achilles’ heel of our students…but it doesn’t need to be!

In my 20 years as an educator in the role of classroom teacher, Math Coach K-5, and currently independent math consultant, one of the observations I’ve had is that subtraction takes the students out!  For the younger students, I witness them counting back on their fingers to determine a fact like 15 - 8.  For …

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Managing the First Few Weeks of Math in School During Difficult Times

By the time you are reading this title, you are probably thinking, "Oh geez, not another article about this!" Or... maybe thinking the opposite? My intent here is not to sound redundant, trite, and redundant... all over again. My intent is to share my experiences with my first few weeks of school this year. This …

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Task Variety: Interactive Tasks to Support Instruction and Learning

Part of the series 2020 Spring Conference Online By David Costello The discussion on task variety is taken from my book Using What Works: Strategies for Developing a Literacy-Rich Environment in Math.Contact David Costello via email (dacostello@edu.pe.ca) or via Twitter (@dr_costello) to find out more information on his book and professional learning opportunities. As we …

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