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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4 Things You Need to Know About How to Reach and Empower All Student to Increase Math Learning with ASSISTments

Part of the series 2020 Spring Conference Online By Cindy Starks When I was a 6th grade math teacher, I used to tell my students that if I could simply read their minds, I could tell where they were having issues and I could help to solve them. And for 10 years, although I got better …

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Origami Math

Part of the series 2020 Spring Conference Online By Sophie Usherwood Origami has enormous potential in the field of education: students engaging in the folding process are able to improve their patience, attention skills, memory, and creativity. In this video, Sophie Usherwood describes the origins of origami, its uses in engineering, why it is useful …

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