Category Archives: Teaching

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 – Part 2

Here is a link to the Everyday Math computation page, including information about their focus algorithms. I took part in some staff development today that reinforced the importance of students developing algorithms as a product of conceptual understanding. Everyday Mathematics … 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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Building Math Positivity

I ran across this blog post today…just a few ideas on how to give math some more “good press” and put a damper on math anxiety! Building Math Positivity

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