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ey, math gurus! It’s that time of year again when teachers, students and mathematicians from all over the world honor the funloving irrational Greek figure pi (π). That’s right! March 14—or Pi Day—is just around the corner so be sure you don’t miss this opportunity to make a lasting impression on your math students!
Three Fun Riddles Filled With Math Problem Solving  MindShift  KQED News  2 views

"n the rush to cover standards and ensure students have learned the concepts they will need in the future, it's easy to lose sight of how fun math can be. These three TEDEd videos offer fun, challenging riddles that can also be explicitly connected to mathematical concepts. The "Prisoner Box" problem is essentially a loop and could be a highinterest way to dive into this topic."
Girls Knit Their Way to a Math Career  1 views
Control Alt Achieve: Resources Math  1 views
Are We Killing Students Love of Math?  Teacher Tech  1 views

"I was at a friends house and saw their child working on a math worksheet for Algebra. THIRTY SIX exponents problems. Take a look at this website with an image of math work from 1898. It is almost exactly the same thing! Over ONE HUNDRED years later and students are doing the same assignments?! Let's teach like it is 2017 not 1900!
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Ontario Math Links  2 views
How 'Productive Failure' In Math Class Helps Make Lessons Stick  MindShift  KQED News  0 views

"Learning from failure has become a popular idea in education recently, partly because it feels like common sense to many people. In a general way, the idea of "picking yourself up after a fall" has long existed in American culture as in many other parts of the world. Teachers are hoping that if they can instill this idea in their students, the small, everyday setbacks inherent to learning new things won't feel so emotionally charged to students, who might instead see them as part of the path to greater understanding and ultimate success.
But turning the difficult experience of failure into a positive isn't as easy as telling students to change their mindsets; it takes careful lesson design, a strong classroom culture and an instructor trained in getting results from small failures so his or her students succeed when it matters."
Why Kids Should Keep Using Their Fingers to do Math  MindShift  KQED News  2 views

"Nearly all kids learn how to count using their fingers. But as kids grow older and math problems become more advanced, the act of counting on fingers is often discouraged or seen as a less intelligent way to think. However, educators, parents and students who frown on kids for using their fingers may be cutting short a greater opportunity: the strengthening of brain networks.
Stanford professor Jo Boaler writes in The Atlantic about the neurological benefits of using fingers and how it can contribute to advanced thinking in higher math."
How to Integrate Growth Mindset Messages Into Every Part of Math Class  MindShift  KQ...  1 views

"Catherine Good has experienced stereotype threat herself, although she didn't know it at the time. She started her academic career in pure math, expecting to get a Ph.D. But somewhere along the way she started to feel like it just wasn't for her, even though she was doing well in all her classes. Thinking that she'd just chosen the wrong application for her love of math, Good switched to math education, where she first encountered the idea of stereotype threat from a guest psychology speaker.
"As he talked about students feeling that they don't really belong, I had an epiphany," Good said. She realized the discomfort she'd felt studying mathematics had nothing to do with her ability or qualifications and everything to do with a vague sense that she didn't belong in a field dominated by men. Stereotype threat is a term coined by psychologists Joshua Aronson and Claude Steele. They found that pervasive cultural stereotypes that marginalize groups, like "girls aren't good at math," create a threatening environment and affects academic achievement.
Good was so fascinated by how powerful psychological forces can be on learning, including her own, that she switched fields again to study social psychology, and she ended up working closely with Carol Dweck for several years when Dweck's growth mindset work was in its early stages and not yet wellknown among educators. Good now works at a psychology professor at Baruch College. Originally, Dweck and Good hypothesized that believing intelligence is flexible  what we now call a growth mindset  could protect students from stereotype threat, an inherently fixed idea."
Making Math Authentic: Why Sewing?  Ms. Armstrong  0 views

"It has been one of my goals this year to make math authentic, when and where possible. To make it a handson, active, and practical. To not just be numbers on a page filled with hypothetical situations, but to have the problems come to life. It's not the only way we practice math but it is part of our repertoire.
My hope is that by making math real, when students do encounter the hypothetical, they will have a context for their understanding. They will see the relevance because they've experienced it.
One of the ways we have begun to do this is through sewing. As we go, the process of creating through sewing has brought many grade four curriculum expectations to life and provided many opportunities for prompting students' thinking."
Free Math Apps  Math Learning Center  1 views
TRUTH: I Have Anxiety About Math Facts  Teacher Tech  1 views

"Fact, I have anxiety about math facts.
I have a degree in math.
I graduated college with honors.
I got the highest score at my university on the Putnam exam, which is supposedly a big deal to get a nonzero score.
I taught high school math for 14 years.
I am the Queen of Spreadsheets.
I code for fun and share my coding projects.
I repeated the 4th grade due to math facts.
After 2 years of 4th grade, I never passed the timed math tests.
If you ask me to do basic arithmetic in my head, even 7×8, I freeze. My heart races. I try to dodge the question. I'm perfectly capable.
I'm more inclined to use strategies when doing math problems than memorization. When I'm alone and tallying student scores on a paper, I do great. If I need to design a spreadsheet and apply math, I excel at that.
I am not alone.
Reading Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler, for the first time in my life I realize
I am not dumb."
How One School Changed Its Math Culture, Starting With Teachers  MindShift  KQED News  4 views

"Many educators are aware of Carol Dweck's research on growth mindset. The Stanford psychologist has found that the way students think about and approach challenge makes a big impact on their learning. Students who believe that they were born with a certain amount of intelligence that cannot be changed  a condition Dweck calls a fixed mindset  are often afraid to seek out challenging tasks and are resigned to one's perceived set of abilities. Students who see intelligence as something that can grow and change with effort  known as a growth mindset  tend to persist at difficult tasks, trying new strategies and ultimately performing better in school. Many schools have begun to focus on building growth mindsets in students because of this research.
Helping students develop growth mindsets is made even trickier because mindsets about learning can change depending on context. And unfortunately math class is a time when many students have preconceived notions about their abilities. Many adults, including teachers, grew up receiving negative messages about their math ability and can unintentionally pass on unhelpful messages to students through casual words or actions.
That's why it's impressive that educators at Two Rivers Charter School in Washington, D.C. recognized a culture of math fear among the staff and worked hard to change teachers' relationships to math as part of their broader strategy to improve math achievement. The school's Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Jeff HeyckWilliams, described their efforts in an Education Week article:"
10 apps for foundational math skills  SmartBrief  3 views

"When it comes to building math mastery, it's easy to find app focused on math fluency; app stores are overflowing with them. But teachers looking for tools that build conceptual understanding are often left wanting. These tools can be tough to find.
But not anymore. Below are 10 apps I use with my students. These apps let students practice number concepts such as onetoone correspondence, regrouping, and even multiplication and division in developmentally appropriate ways. Many times these are more effective than physical manipulatives. Digital manipulatives can be broken apart, put back together and moved around in ways that are not possible with bags full of Base 10 Blocks and counters. The "aha" moments captured with these apps make lasting impressions on a child's mind, building a strong mathematical basis. Even better, teachers who have access to only one device can take advantage of these apps by using an Apple TV or reflecting software."
Google Math: I See Math  Teacher Tech  6 views

"Create Google Slides with a photo of where you see math. Share it. The idea here is quick and dirty. If it's a whole process of making elaborate lesson plans we won't do it. Create a plain white Google Slides presentation, add a picture and a slide with your thoughts on how you could challenge students to see math in the photo."
Free Technology for Teachers: Math Playground  Hundreds of Math Games & Instructional ...  1 views

"Math Playground is a great website containing hundreds of mathematics games appropriate for K8 students. I first reviewed the site back in 2008. Whenever I have returned to it since then, more games and other helpful features have been added to it.
Math Playground offers a huge variety of math games for students. You can locate games according to suggested grade level, by topic, or by question type. Students who need a refresher on a skill, can probably find one in Math Playground's video library. Math Playground's video library offers more than 100 instructional videos organized according to topic. To the right side of each video students will see some suggested games aligned to the topic covered in the instructional video."