Nikki's Blog

helping teachers teach math

Back to School Part 1

Hi All! I hope you’ve enjoyed your summer as much as I have! WOW, it was an eventful summer for me. I was in Europe for most of July….which was absolutely amazing. I only math geeked out a bit- see some math I found on a wall in Paris in the photo below. (Me and John in Bruges (one of my...

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Check Out What Lisa is Doing in Her Classroom!

I can’t believe it’s June! This year has just flown by. I’m sure you’re all feeling just as ready as I am for summer break! I wanted to share this amazing experience I had in classroom in Terrace BC earlier this month. I was invited to Lisa Pushong’s class to team teach. 2 years ago Lisa was...

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Overcoming the Challenges of Math Teams

Hello and Happy New Year! Yes, I realize we’re already into February but January flew by so fast! I’ve been doing a lot of presentations and working with different groups of teachers, which I love. I wanted to make sure you knew that we’ve added some new videos and lesson plans to the site such...

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Seeing is Believing!

I recently read this quote that really stuck with me “In a ground breaking new study Joonkoo Park & Elizabeth Brannon (2013), found that the most powerful learning occurs when we use different areas of the brain. When students work with symbols, such as numbers, they are using a different...

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What Do You Do When Your Students Hate Math?

Every year I have students who hate math or feel as though they can’t do math. Sadly, this isn’t just a couple of kids but rather a larger group who have been broken down over the years and by the time they get into middle school they see themselves as bad at math or worse yet, incapable of...

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STARTING THE YEAR STRONG!

Building Number Sense Using Collaborative Teams “How do we review basic facts in middle school so that it actually does what we want: fill the gaps for those students who don’t know them and challenge the rest at their level?” This is the question I’ve been asking for years and have yet to...

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Formative Assessment In The Math Class: How To Weave It Into Your Daily Practice

Often when we teach math we don’t really know if students ‘get it’ or not until we give a quiz or test and then it might be too late as you are moving on to new material. Sound familiar? This dilemma is something I hear often from teachers and it is how many students fall between the cracks in...

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Mathematical Mindsets

I recently finished Jo Boaler’s new book ‘Mathematical Mindsets’ and was, as always, blown away by her work. I learned a lot from the book and as a result am going to create some add-ons to our lesson plans and videos. Firstly, if you haven’t already been using the differentiated tasks that are...

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My Math Class Has Changed Forever

Happy Summer! I know most of you are winding down towards the end of the school year and I wanted to take the time to share in more detail about using collaborative math teams in the hopes that you will consider using them in September. Since reading “Mathematical Mindsets” and...

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Assessment – Harmful or Helpful?

I recently took a GRE exam as part of my application for a PhD program in Mathematics Education. The exam consisted of several sections, all timed at either 30 or 35 minutes. There were essays, verbal reasoning sections and quantitative reasoning sections. It has been since my undergrad that I’ve...

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