Category Archives: Best Practices

Finding things you never knew you had…

While looking for some information this morning for a teacher regarding our state test, I found something that just might turn out to be useful.  I tend to regard high-stakes tests as a necessary evil, but sometimes good things do … Continue reading

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Instructional Coaching vs. Content Coaching…is it really a contest?

Since I became an instructional coach, I’ve heard varying opinions about the importance of content knowledge in being a successful coach.  Currently, I am a coach for K-5 math.  In my position, I need to know about best practices in … Continue reading

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Alternative Algorithms

A student who recently came into our district from Australia shared this method of subtraction with me this morning when I was working with her in class. It was new to me, but it works. Unfortunately she was unable to … Continue reading

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Making Connections

Lately, I have been telling my colleagues (and my boss!) about the value of connecting to other educators through Twitter.  It’s amazing what can be accomplished in a mere 140 characters! Last night I participated in something called Edchat.  Simply … Continue reading

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Overwhelmed!

I promised to blog while I was at the NCTM National Conference…but I bet you can guess by the title that I was a bit overwhelmed!  There were so many things to do and see – I didn’t even come close to … Continue reading

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Math Anxiety

Below is a link to an article in Education Week that is well worth reading for those of us involved in teaching elementary mathematics…your attitude toward math as a teacher affects your students in more ways than you know! Researchers … Continue reading

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Speaking of fractions…

In my last post, Steven Leinwand used fractions as an example of a math concept that benefits from visual representations. Fractions can be very difficult for students to understand, and for teachers to teach effectively.  Check out the link below … Continue reading

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