Learning Basic Single-Digit Combinations (Facts): Developing Important Ideas in Mathematics; Part I – The Case

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Elementary | No Comments

This is the first in a series of articles that proposes a different instructional approach and purpose for becoming fluent in recalling basic single-digit combinations in all four operations.

Building Classroom Community

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Elementary, High School, Middle School | No Comments

So as we get started on this new school year, work as a school to support each other in the development of your school community. Look to your colleagues to improve your skills and share ideas.

The Spinner 3-Act Task in 4th Grade

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Elementary | No Comments

How long will a fidget spinner spin? I used this current craze to engage my 4th graders in a math review. Students started by making an estimate of how long the spin would last.

We Are Powerless

On Friday, at the NCTM Annual Meeting in San Antonio, I was lucky enough to deliver an Ignite with 9 other amazing classroom teachers. Each had their own special take on education. Here is mine.

Bringing Math to a 6th Grade STEM Class through 3D Printing

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in High School, Middle School | One Comment

This article briefly describes the beginning of our collaboration (that of a middle school teacher, a college math professor, and an undergraduate preservice teacher) and also describes one of the projects we created with the help of the MCTM.

Estimation 180 in a 3rd Grade Classroom

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Elementary, Research and Resources | One Comment

Post-recess and lunch excitement is in the air as we walk back to our classroom; where our next subject to begin is math. As we all know, routines are crucial in the classroom so we begin our student-led, mindful breathing to focus our bodies and minds for learning.

FIVE! 5 Images to Inspire Mathematical Discussion

FIVE!
5 Images to inspire mathematical discussion.Minnesota: The land of 10,000 words for every picture.

Desmos Dude

Minnesota Math Students catch the eye of the national math educator audience.

March Madness in Math Class

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Elementary, Middle School | No Comments

I don’t know about you, but the term “March Madness” is a relevant term in Minnesota Education. When March rolls around I start to think about how far we have gotten addressing the content, and how much further do we need to go. How are we going to get it all done?

Notes from Region 1

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Elementary, High School, Middle School | No Comments

Over the last three years that I have been here at Albert Lea, I have seen a huge, positive impact with student understanding of mathematics. I believe that is due to multiple reasons; however, the one I want to share today is how important a math-positive culture is to success.