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helping teachers teach math

Early Predictors - What I Learned from Dr. Daniel Ansari's Webinar

Early math achievement is a better predictor of success in school in general (math, reading, etc.) than early reading! I find this fascinating considering that there is WAY more funding and research of literacy than numeracy. For YEARS, I’ve been saying that numeracy is too important to always...

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Parents - How to Help Your Children to Learn & Enjoy Math Part 3

I saved the best for last! Who doesn’t love playing games?! This last post for parents on how to support your children in building number sense is all about games. So far, we’ve explored how math is all around us and how we can think mathematically while reading, baking, out in nature or anywhere...

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Parents - How to Help Your Children to Learn & Enjoy Math Part 2

Most adults use estimation and calculators to do their daily math, rarely do they get out a piece of paper and pencil, yet so many of us view this as what math really is: worksheets or text books. There is often a big gap between ‘life math’ and ‘school math’. As we work on narrowing that gap at...

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Parents - How to Help Your Children to Learn & Enjoy Math Part 1

In today’s post we will be exploring how to connect reading to math, math in the home, and math out in the ‘real world". Parents are often wondering how to best support their kids at home in math. I’m writing a 3 blog series dedicated to just this! If you are a teacher, please feel free to...

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VLog: Combining Content

Do you ever combine math concepts together? I love combining concepts for a number of reasons: it helps students to see the connections and relationships between concepts, it reintroduces concepts so that students retain their learning, and it saves me time (allows me to teach more of the...

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Mathematical Mindsets Pro-D with Cathy Williams (and Jo Boaler)

Any of you who know me or have attended my workshops in the past few years know that I’m huge fan of Jo Boaler. She is my math ‘guru’. I’ve read all of her books, papers, website articles, etc. I’ve used her tasks on www.youcubed.org and recommend her book Mathematical Mindsets to every teacher...

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How Do I Teach Conceptually AND Cover the Curriculum?

I first heard the phrase ‘slow down to speed up’ in my Master’s program- they were talking about the importance of taking the time to create common values, vision and missions within organizations. These processes are expensive and time consuming so many organizations don’t do it….but the...

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Art & Math? Who Knew?!?

I started taking drawing classes. Last year when I was in a classroom teaching about growth mindset I used an example of how I’m not good at art (yet) and one of the students replied “every teacher I’ve ever had has made that same statement. What is it with teachers and art?”. It really got me...

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Vlog: Multiplying Multiples of 10

Do you teach students when multiplying by multiples of 10 to just 'add a zero' at the end? For example: 4 x 30 --> multiply 4 x 3 and then add a zero. If so, check out this vlog to teach this important procedure more conceptually AND in a way that will always be true (the problem with...

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My Journey with Aboriginal Education - Including Math!

My Journey with Aboriginal Education I recently spent a couple of weeks teaching several classes and groups of teachers the First Nations game Lahal (Slahal). I’d like to share it with you as it was well received in all of the classrooms (grades 6-8) that I visited and it is a great way to...

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