Category Archives: 3 – 5 Math

Fractions: The Gatekeeper to Algebraic Thinking

In my work as a mathematics consultant for the past six years, I have become convinced that a clear conceptual understanding of fractions is the biggest deficit that I run into with both teachers and students.  Fractions are the gateway … Continue reading

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The IPL Cycle and the Hidden Efficiency of Encouraging Student Invention

The reason that Dan Meyer’s blog is a must read for me is that his posts, in addition to providing examples of great teaching ideas, are filled with links to scholarly articles to back up statements he makes.  I find … Continue reading

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Cindy Brooker’s List of CCSSM Resources for K – 5 Math (and some K – 12)

I subscribe to Darren Burris’ Common Core Online Scoop.It in my ongoing search for good CCSSM resources. He recently posted a link to Cindy Brooker’s learnist Common Core Math Great K – 5 Resource Walk, where she has created an … Continue reading

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Blast from the Past – Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land

Whilst perusing Twitter, I came upon a tweet by William Emeny, who, by the way has a great blog Great Maths Teaching Ideas.  From the spelling of maths, I take it he’s from the UK.  In his tweet, he included … Continue reading

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North Country Supervisory Union – August 23, 2012 Inservice

Agenda 8-23-12-Inservice-Agenda Resources for Investigating Content Standards for Grades K – 8 Digital Form of Paper Copy of CCSSM Illustrative Mathematics CCSSM Hyperlinked Progressions Map Key Instructional Shifts for K – 8  CCSSM Teachers are Gardeners Video Sir Kenneth Robinson Principles … Continue reading

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Common Core Bad Branding + CCSSMath website (Loads of Well-Organized Resources!)

Daily I find more and more resources that can help teachers as they implement the CCSSM.  The sheer quantity of resources can be overwhelming and as I plan for courses and presentations, my problem is not a lack of resources, … Continue reading

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Excellent Math Resources from NASA

I stumbled across an online exchange between Kim Moore and Judith Chaffee on the ETA EdWeb community Implementing Common Core Standards in Mathematics, a blog to which I subscribe.   Kim had introduced Judith to a NASA site, Spacemath and Judith … Continue reading

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How Does the K-8 Publisher’s Criteria for CCSSM Help the Classroom Teacher?

Hot off the presses is the K-8 Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, written by the three lead authors of CCSSM:  Phil Daro, Bill McCallum, and Jason Zimba.  According to a post in Bill McCallum’s blog, the … Continue reading

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K – 5 Math Teaching Resources website

I came across a good, clean, simple website: K – 5 Math Teaching Resources.  The author of the site is a K – 5 math consultant who created the site as a place to organize the resources she uses in … Continue reading

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Phi and Vi Hart – The Best Math Doodler I Know!

I’ve always been a doodler…and I’ve always had a fascination with the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio, phi.  One of my favorite doodles is the logarithmic spiral.  I have spent many a meeting creating a golden rectangle and continuing … Continue reading

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