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How to Create a Culture of Math Risk-Takers

How to Create a Culture of Math Risk-Takers I teach at an IB World school where we focus on certain Learner Profile Attributes. Basically, these are character traits we would like our students to embody. This month our school is focusing on the attribute of risk-taking. I explain this to my first graders as being willing to try something new even if there’s a chance of failure.


Challenging Ideas About Challenging Students

Challenging Ideas About Challenging StudentsDifferentiation is something teachers consider all the time, and that’s certainly the case for me this year. I believe the most meaningful challenges come from the students themselves. One that recently emerged in my classroom is WHY the “9s trick” works.


What Was Wrong with the Old Way?

What Was Wrong with the Old Way?We’ve all had those conversations in which someone laments that math isn’t taught the same way it was “in the good ole days.” Our understanding of best practices in mathematics has changed, and change can be difficult for everyone.


How to Challenge Your Students in the Moment

How to Challenge Your Students in the MomentWe all have those kids who just come to us as “naturals.” You know, the students who just seem to acquire learning without prompting or much instruction. Often, they enter kindergarten with incredible number sense already.


An Unexpected Lesson

The third graders in Linda Friesen’s class at Gervais (Oregon) Elementary School learned an unexpected lesson during a recent session on area. Although Linda pulled name sticks for random teams, she ended up with one group made up of students who usually excel and another of students who often struggle.


All Systems Go!

Now that we're a couple of months into the school year, it's a good time to reflect on your Number Corner systems. Here are a few tips from a second grade teacher that may help your reflective process...


What Do You Notice?

I was recently at a Getting Started workshop where the leader brought up the base-ten area pieces on the document camera. She asked the teachers seated in the audience, “What do you notice?” 

 

 

 


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