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Math: The Pros & Cons of Productive Struggle - 0 views

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    "In a recent post, I wrote about card sorts as a tool to promote mathematical conversations and mentioned the value of "productive struggle" in the math classroom.

    This phrase has recently appeared on the growing list of educational buzzwords that are part of our professional lives these days.

    Although I am personally convinced that productive struggle is a necessary component for student growth, I am less sure of how to successfully implement it my own classroom."
John Evans

9 Enlightening Summer Reads for Math Teachers - 0 views

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    "Summer is upon us, and that calls for books to enjoy while lounging poolside. We asked MIND Research Institute staff to recommend their favorite mathematically themed reads, and their picks run the gamut of genres from sci-fi to psychology. Add a few of these to your summer reading list for completely guilt-free and possibly enlightening pleasure. "
John Evans

Stop telling kids you're bad at math. You are spreading math anxiety 'like a virus.' - ... - 0 views

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    ""How was skiing?" I asked my 14-year old daughter as she hauled her boot bag into the car. "Well, the ratio of snow to ground was definitely low," she replied, adding that she had tried to figure the ratio of snow-to-ground during practice but had received only mystified looks. "Stop the math!" demanded a coach. "You are confusing us!"

    Why do smart people enjoy saying that they are bad at math? Few people would consider proudly announcing that they are bad at writing or reading. Our country's communal math hatred may seem rather innocuous, but a more critical factor is at stake: we are passing on from generation to generation the phobia for mathematics and with that are priming our children for mathematical anxiety. As a result, too many of us have lost the ability to examine a real-world problem, translate it into numbers, solve the problem and interpret the solution."
John Evans

Scaffolded Math and Science: High School Math Word Wall Ideas - 1 views

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    "When in Boston, I taught next to a Geometry teacher who would later go on to become Teacher of the Year. Lining the walls of his high school Geometry classroom, from floor to ceiling, were vocabulary words with drawings and examples. At the time I thought it was a bit extreme. I mean, aren't these kids in high school?

    Over the years since, I have come to realize just how important word walls are and that he was absolutely right in putting it all out there like that. If you think about it, there's a measly 5 year age difference between a 4th grader and a 9th grader. Yes, kids do grow up quick, but what is it about those 5 short years that suddenly allows students to remember and recall everything and no longer need visual reminders?"
John Evans

The Elementary Math Maniac: Memorizing Facts Versus Knowing Facts From Memory - 0 views

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    "I still focus on fluency with multiplication facts in fourth grade but fluency has a completely different meaning to me now. The way I work on fluency now does not involve timed tests. It does not involve kids being anxious or feeling unsuccessful at math. Instead I focus on developing number sense which helps kids learn and remember strategies that make them fluent with their multiplication facts. To the untrained eye, it often appears as if my fourth graders have memorized their facts when they actually know their facts from memory. "
John Evans

With Math I Can - Growth Mindset Tools - 3 views

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    "We pledge to stop saying "I'm not good at math" and approach math with a growth mindset. We will work hard to grow our math understanding, attitude, and outlook. We know that, With Math, We Can…do anything."
John Evans

How you can be good at math, and other surprising facts about learning | Jo Boaler | TE... - 1 views

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    "You have probably heard people say they are just bad at math, or perhaps you yourself feel like you are not "a math person." Not so, says Stanford mathematics education professor Jo Boaler, who shares the brain research showing that with the right teaching and messages, we can all be good at math. Not only that, our brains operate differently when we believe in ourselves. Boaler gives hope to the the mathematically fearful or challenged, shows a pathway to success, and brings into question the very basics of how our teachers approach what should be a rewarding experience for all children and adults."
John Evans

Mathematical Thinking: No Pencils Allowed!!! | techdiva29 - 3 views

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    "This week I'd like to talk about a topic that has been a focus in my role as an Instructional Coach this past year - that of mathematical thinking, reasoning and proving. I supported teachers in my schools in these areas and it has been great to see students develop and demonstrate their mathematical thinking, aligned with learning goals and success criteria.

    When students reason and prove in mathematics, they are explaining their thinking and providing the evidence in a systematic manner using a variety of representations.

    Many times, it is difficult to understand what a student is showing in his/her work. Before I provide some suggestions, we need to understand what reasoning actually is; what is reasoning?"
John Evans

6 Steps to Make Math Personal-Tech Makes It Possible, Teachers Make It Happen | EdSurge... - 4 views

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    "Even after teaching for a decade, Pamela Baack found herself battling the calendar as she tried to keep her students on track.

    She's the first to admit it wasn't easy to change the way she had been teaching for a decade.
    "We were always on someone else's pace, not our kids' pace," says Baack, who teaches at the Bella Romero Academy of Applied Technology, a K-8 public school in Greeley, Colorado. Most lessons were taught to the entire class, requiring Baack to constantly search for opportunities to help the students who struggled. "It was hard to differentiate, because it was hard to find the time to go back," she says.

    Today, students in Baack's third-grade classroom work through addition, multiplication, and division activities at their own pace. Some progress through lessons quickly, while others get the opportunities they need to relearn and practice key concepts until they are ready to move forward. Importantly, Baack says, even the students who struggle the most are at grade level. "They're still doing what every else is doing, but at a different pace," she says. "They're exposed to grade-level standards and content and will be able to move up."

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John Evans

Google Math: Animate Your Math with Google Slides - Teacher Tech - 4 views

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    "What does teaching math in an age of Google Apps look like? One way is to use Google Slides to teach math. Slides presentations are basically unlimited blank sheets, what can you not do with Google Slides? Move away from math worksheets and have students use Google Slides to demonstrate math concepts."
John Evans

9 Enlightening Summer Reads for Math Teachers - 1 views

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    "Summer is upon us, and that calls for books to enjoy while lounging poolside. We asked MIND Research Institute staff to recommend their favorite mathematically themed reads, and their picks run the gamut of genres from sci-fi to psychology. Add a few of these to your summer reading list for completely guilt-free and possibly enlightening pleasure. "
John Evans

Minecraft: Spatial Sense, Structures & Growing Patterns - 3 views

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    "Minecraft: Spatial Sense, Structures & Growing Patterns"
John Evans

YouTube Channels You Must Follow if You Love Math - EdTechReview™ (ETR) - 3 views

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    "This post is just apt for the math lovers. Below is a list of 10 amazing math channels on YouTube that will help you learn, understand and know more about MATH!!"
John Evans

Here's How to Teach Yourself Physics and Math - 4 views

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    "Physics and Mathematics are extremely important subjects. Actually, that's a bit of an understatement.

    Physics and Mathematics allow us to peer out into the cosmos and understand the inner workings of the universe. At once, they show us our  insignificance and our remarkable potential; they give us a hint of the vast possibilities that exist-of what we could (and may) one day accomplish. They allow us to see the world and to see ourselves anew.

    That begins to scratch the surface of these subjects.

    No one can deny their importance; however, it is also a fact that many people don't know where to begin investigating these topics…what books to study, what themes to begin with. On top of this, many feel intimidated by physics and math-they seem to think that they are things which only the sharpest individuals are able to understand.

    But nothing could be farther from the truth.

    True, these subject areas might not be the easiest that you will ever happen across, but they are far from impossible. So. If you want to be a physicist or a mathematician,  or if you just want to understand the subjects, here's where to start.

    Huge thanks to the wonderful Moinak Banerjee for his work on this."
John Evans

6 Ways to Help Students Understand Math | Edutopia - 1 views

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    "The ultimate goals of mathematics instruction are students understanding the material presented, applying the skills, and recalling the concepts in the future. There's little benefit in students recalling a formula or procedure to prepare for an assessment tomorrow only to forget the core concept by next week. It's imperative for teachers to focus on making sure that the students understand the material and not just memorize the procedures.

    Here are six ways to teach for understanding in the mathematics classroom:"
John Evans

The Maker Movement Is About More Than Science and Math - But Is All This Tinkering Real... - 4 views

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    "In the last few years, the "maker movement" has become a marvel in American schools through Maker Faires featuring homemade robots to after-school programs that teach kids to code - to entire schools geared around the art of tinkering.
    Maker-centered education, so the narrative often goes, could have profound benefits for students hoping to find work in a STEM-related job. Even President Obama has touted the economic benefits the maker movement could have on efforts to reinvigorate American manufacturing.

    But for teachers who use making in their classrooms, the movement is about something much bigger - something that enhances educational experiences for all kids. They argue this learning-by-doing approach is an effective way to teach students how to develop character and purpose."
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