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The “Why” and the “How” of Using Math Tools

Recently, I spent a day with K-6 teachers exploring the why and how of using math tools in their classrooms. The “why” is easy!  Years of research indicate students gain deeper conceptual understanding when they have teachers who engage in

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CGI and the Common Core: How Do They Connect

Recently I attended the  Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics Conference. While at KATM, I presented Cognitively Guided Instruction and the Common Core: How do they Connect?  I began the discussion with background information on CGI.  Cognitively Guided Instruction is

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Calculators or No Calculators: That is the Question

I was recently contacted by an instructional coach from a school district where I work regularly.  She and her teachers were working on math units aligned to common core.  They were trying to determine whether students should be allowed to

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Working on Number Sense Assessment

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Common Core Math: How “Deep” Do We Go

Rigor is a word receiving a lot of attention in regards to the common core state standards. So what does it mean in terms of teaching and learning? The 8 mathematical practices and the college and career readiness standards give

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Common Core Math Resources

It’s a Friday evening and I have just drifted off into the loveliest dream.  I am the young and beautiful Julie Andrews falling for the dashing Christopher Plummer on the movie set of my favorite musical, “The Sound of Music”. 

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10 Things Jordyn’s Math Teacher Needs to Know About CCSS

Two months ago, Jordyn Marie was born.  Nothing can match the joy of having a child, unless it is the birth of a grandchild.  If you ask me, she is pretty darn perfect, and as a devoted Nee’Nee’ (my name

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M4: Midwest Mathematics Meeting of the Minds

I recently attended the M4 Conference in Kansas City, where math leaders from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa met to discuss the Common Core Standards for Mathematics.  I was privileged to hear from Matt Larson the keynote speaker from Lincoln,

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I Couldn’t Have Said it Better

Are You Prepared for the Common Core Standards?  This is the question posed in the latest edition of Education Week Teacher. I encourage you to read how five classroom teachers  from around the nation answered that question.  Their responses include

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Common Core Math Curriculum: How Do We Know It’s Aligned?

As more and more teachers become familiar with the common core math standards, the question that is beginning to crop up is,  “What curriculum (ie. textbook) is going to be aligned to the common core?”.  My standard response has been

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