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Principles for a Problem-Solving Classroom

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A problem-solving classroom isn't easy to create. These 5 principles for a problem-solving classroom will help.

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SMP #7: Look For and Make Use Of Structure - Heinemann

SMP #7: Look For and Make Use Of Structure - Heinemann | Mathematics Education Topics | Scoop.it
By Paul Goldenberg, June Mark, and Jane Kang (@EDCtweets), Education Development Center, coauthors of Making Sense of Algebra Children naturally seek and make use of structure. It is one of the reasons why young children may say “foots” or “policemans,” which they have never heard from adults, instead of feet or policemen, which they do hear. …
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Students are designing Historic Dublin math trail

Students are designing Historic Dublin math trail | Mathematics Education Topics | Scoop.it
Historic Dublin has walking tours that cover the area's history and paranormal side, but a group of Scottish Corners Elementary School students are hoping to add a numerical tour to the list.
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What a way for students to own the math!  A great project to put mathematics in the real world!

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Achievethecore.org :: Fraction Concepts Mini-Assessment

Achievethecore.org :: Fraction Concepts Mini-Assessment | Mathematics Education Topics | Scoop.it
This mini-assessment is designed to illustrate some of the fraction concepts listed in clusters 4.NF.A and 4.NF.B, which set an expectation for students to deepen their understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering and to develop their understanding of operations on fractions.

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Teaching the Core: Common Core Video Exemplars

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The Common Core resources produced on the Teaching the Core website were made possible by a generous grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust.


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Math = Love: Algebra 2 Interactive Notebook Pages for Unit 1

Math = Love: Algebra 2 Interactive Notebook Pages for Unit 1 | Mathematics Education Topics | Scoop.it
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Loads of foldable ideas!

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SMP #4: Model with Mathematics - Heinemann

SMP #4: Model with Mathematics - Heinemann | Mathematics Education Topics | Scoop.it
By Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer) I stood next to the checkout lines in the grocery store for a half hour. I had a clipboard in one hand and a timer in the other, looking like the most conspicuous secret shopper ever. I was there trying to answer one question: Which line is best? Like many of …
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Dan Meyer videos are well worth your time to watch.  His presentation will change how you present problems in the classroom.

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Links from Achieve

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Links to resources to check alignment of Common Core textbooks.

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SMP #2: Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively - Heinemann

SMP #2: Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively - Heinemann | Mathematics Education Topics | Scoop.it
by Pam Harris (@pwharris), author of Lessons and Activities for Building Powerful Numeracy The second Standard for Mathematical Practice states: “Mathematically proficient students make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations. They bring two complementary abilities to bear on problems involving quantitative relationships: the ability to decontextualize—to abstract a given situation and represent …
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SMP #1: Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them - Heinemann

SMP #1: Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them - Heinemann | Mathematics Education Topics | Scoop.it
By Sue O’Connell (@SueOConnellMath), author of Putting the Practices Into Action. It seems ironic that the first Standard for Mathematical Practice focuses on problem solving. When I was a student, math problem solving seemed to be an afterthought. Problems were at the bottom of the textbook page or at the end of a lesson. My …
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New blog series on the mathematical practices.

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#Commoncore Math Resource Mapper from The Curtis Center @UCLA

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RT @fawnpnguyen: UCLA Curtis Center has a CCSS-M Mapper http://t.co/wAoNhfxycc


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This looks like an interactive Zimba diagram and helpful to Common Core Math teachers in organizing units for study.  Especially noteworthy is the addition of high school standards which few teachers at that level have seen In this form. 

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SMP #8: Look For and Express Regularity in Repeated Reasoning - Heinemann

SMP #8: Look For and Express Regularity in Repeated Reasoning - Heinemann | Mathematics Education Topics | Scoop.it
By Max Ray (@maxmathforum) of the Math Forum, author of Powerful Problem Solving MEET GEORGE. He does his homework often, though he skips any problems that will take more than a few seconds to solve. On tests and quizzes, he gets almost every problem he attempts correct, though he’s been known to leave entire sections …
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Teach This, Not That

Teach This, Not That | Mathematics Education Topics | Scoop.it

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Mathematical Habits of Mind

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In math (and all STEM subjects), we should encourage a mindset in which students know what to do when they don't know what to do.

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4 Tips for Writing in the Math Classroom

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Writing is a universal thread that can unite all content areas. Check out these four tips to help bring writing into your math curriculum.


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Writing and reading go hand in hand in content areas.

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SMP #6: Attend to Precision - Heinemann

SMP #6: Attend to Precision - Heinemann | Mathematics Education Topics | Scoop.it
By June Mark, Paul Goldenberg, and Jane Kang (@EDCtweets), Education Development Center, coauthors of Transition to Algebra. The word “precision” calls to mind accuracy and correctness. While accuracy in calculation is a part, clarity in communication is the main intent. The habit of striving for clarity, simplicity, and precision in both speech and writing is …
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SMP #5: Use Appropriate Tools Strategically - Heinemann

SMP #5: Use Appropriate Tools Strategically - Heinemann | Mathematics Education Topics | Scoop.it
By John SanGiovanni (@JohnSanGiovanni), coauthor of the Mastering the Basic Math Facts series Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Three students walk into a math classroom. They confront 709 – 340. Krista uses a number line to count back with three jumps of 100, a jump of 50, and another jump of 19. …
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Schools find 'fun' ways to prepare for PARCC

Schools find 'fun' ways to prepare for PARCC | Mathematics Education Topics | Scoop.it
Rapides celebrated the last day before PARCC with Math Madness, pep rallies and more.
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New Draft of NBT Progression

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Here the almost final draft of the Progression on Number and Operations in Base Ten, K–5. It incorporates many changes in response to comments here on this blog and elsewhere. In addition to numero...
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The group of progression documents provide valuable insights to Common Core Mathematics.

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SMP #3: Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others - Heinemann

SMP #3: Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others - Heinemann | Mathematics Education Topics | Scoop.it
Arguably the Nine Most Important Words in the Math Common Core By Steve Leinwand (@steve_leinwand), American Institutes for Research, author of Accessible Mathematics. I am increasingly convinced that “construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others” (Standard for Mathematical Practice 3) may be the nine most important words in the entire Common Core. Far more …
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Textbooks are not fully aligned to Common Core.  Interesting report.

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Rebranding "Show Your Work"

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If we want students to document their mathematical thinking, we have to stop telling them to "show your work".
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This is a really good thought.  How can we change the wording of "show your work" to something that motivates students to actually "show their work"!!!

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