Meaning of Equality Often we teach the meaning of equality as the equal sign indicating “put the answer.” To prepare students for future mathematics, we need to rethink the way we communicate this representation to students. The equal sign is …

Many teachers ask how to help students record the renaming process in the addition algorithm. What language should I use? I learned to “make trades” or “borrow” when adding and subtracting that require renaming. Is this still correct?

How can we differentiate instruction without putting more work on our plate? Teachers do not have time to prepare multiple tasks and lessons to meet the needs of each student in the classroom. The key is giving an anchor task …

How can we help student refocus on understanding versus just an answer? Too often when we pose a problem and students shout out an answer. We need to ask ourselves do students understand the concept or are they obtaining the …

Grade 1 Task- Not enough information At 2017 Mathodology Fall Institute participants worked on a task from think!Mathematics which required them to use the given shapes to make a composite figure. Figure C posed a problem for many. Is it …

Number Bonds Can you picture spending several classroom periods on the number 5? Specifically, breaking it down into parts, and putting it back together again? Sounds like a lot of time, right? But, spending this amount of classroom time to …

How often are you journaling in your classroom? If you’re like most teachers, your answer might be, “Not often” or “Not enough”. Many teachers tell me, “I don’t know where to start”, or “I don’t have the time”. Sound familiar? …