Teaching Is Problem Solving
Shut the Box: Kid tested, TiPS approved

Rob Schoen | February 28, 2019

Shut the Box provides an excellent way to help children build their fluency with addition facts, and I think more teachers should have it in their repertoire.

How I wish the math curriculum would introduce the equals sign – Part 2

Charity Bauduin | July 20, 2018
Equals Sign

So now that we know that there is a significant problem with how our students view the equals sign, how do we implement the suggestions put forth in Part 1 of this blog? How do we get students to understand that the equals sign means a relation between values on either side of the equals sign?

It’s that time of year again: Time to nominate a great math or science teacher for the Presidential Award!

Rob Schoen | March 6, 2018
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The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is our nation’s highest honor awarded to K–12 mathematics and science teachers. Awardees receive $10,000, a personal letter from the POTUS, a trip to Washington, DC, and more.

Some great ideas from Toni’s classroom

Rob Schoen | February 12, 2018

We spent some time in Toni Laughrey’s classroom in December. She had so many creative ideas in play in her classroom, we thought we just had to share some here. Here are a few of our favorites.

True or False? 1 = 1.

Shelby McCrackin | November 11, 2017
Equals Sign

Pop quiz: True or false? 1=1. You’re probably thinking, “Of course it’s true! Obviously 1 equals 1!” Is it really obvious, though?

Classroom Embedded Work: An Alternative to Observations Lessons

Dr. Linda Levi | October 19, 2017
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Classroom observations were once a part of my Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) Teacher Professional Development (PD) sessions. I loved bringing teachers to an expert CGI teacher’s classroom so that they could watch a math lesson. The teachers told me that they loved seeing these lessons. Although everyone loved these visits, I started to wonder what teachers were actually learning from these observations.

How I wish the math curriculum would introduce the equals sign – Part 1

Charity Bauduin | October 9, 2017
Equals Sign

Have you ever noticed that the = button on a calculator means something different than how we use = on paper? Unfortunately, our elementary students tend to view the equals sign just as if they were pressing the enter button on a calculator.

All things being equal, the equals sign deserves more attention.

Rob Schoen | October 5, 2017
Equals Sign

Despite the importance of = as a relational operator in mathematics that is used at all levels K–20 (and beyond), many elementary, secondary, and even post-secondary mathematics students have a limited understanding of the intended meaning of that symbol in mathematics.