The Importance of Quick Images and Multiplicative Thinking

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Elementary, Middle School | No Comments

Submitted by Nina Smith.
Faye B. Clark and Constance Kamii report “Multiplicative thinking was found early (45% of second graders demonstrated some multiplicative thinking) and developed slowly (only about 48% of fifth graders demonstrated consistently solid multiplicative thinking)”. So how can we support students to develop this type of thinking?

Happy Hunting

Into the fall and winter many people find themselves out hunting. No different the mathematicians perusing the NCTM Regional Conference Program Book in November in Minneapolis. With pen and highlighter poised participants were ready to hit the target of the perfect session(s) to find that “just right” strategy to address the focus of classroom or district needs.

Academic Mindset

The word “Mindset” has a nearly automatic association to many educators out there…but what if all along we haven’t been putting this theory in its rightful place as a facet of a larger, more important mindset, the Academic Mindset?

Promoting the Right Stuff

You know what you should do? PROMOTE the right stuff.
Thoughts on MCTM’s Mission Statement

Making Minnesota Nice with the Standards of Mathematical Practice

As members of the Minnesota mathematics community, it may be no mystery that the Gopher state opted out of adopting the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.

Math Tweeter of the Month

Last year, at MCTM in Duluth, Aloma P. Rohman (@rohmansoldier) joined Twitter and started her exciting journey through the MathTwitterBlogosphere (#MTBoS).

A Recurring Theme for Mathematics Instruction

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Elementary | No Comments

I attended the NCTM regional conference in Minneapolis in mid-November. As I reflected on the sessions I attended, I kept coming back to a recurring theme: The focus of instruction needs to primarily be on building understanding of the structure of mathematics.

K-5 Math Certificate Cohort at Hamline

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Announcements, Elementary | One Comment

Our enrollment numbers for the second cohort of the K-5 Math Certificate here at Hamline is slowly gaining ground. If you know of any teachers who would like to:

Math Tweeter of the Month

As an ongoing feature, Math Bits would like to highlight some of Minnesota’s fabulous teachers that are growing professionally through social media.

Fact Fluency: What does it mean? How do I know students have it?

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Elementary, High School, Middle School | No Comments

Recently, I have been working with teachers to challenge conventional wisdom and classroom practices regarding fact fluency.