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.

It’s Elementary! – Planning

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

Last month we looked at what constitutes a rich task. How can we open up the tasks in our curriculum to be more engaging for all our learners?

Choosing a Primary Resource for Instruction

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Elementary, Middle School | 2 Comments

The term “primary resource” for many would be the “curriculum” used to guide instruction. For the district in which I teach, our curriculum is the set of MN standards for math; our “primary resource” is the text (or other platform) teachers use to guide instruction on the standards and benchmarks

It’s Elementary! – Rich Tasks

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

We hear a lot about Rich Tasks these days. But…what does a “rich task” look like to you? What separates a rich task from an ordinary one? Where do we find them?

More Accessible Mathematics

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

I used the book: Accessible Mathematics: 10 Instructional Shifts that Raise Student Achievement by Steven Leinwand as a springboard for some ideas to reflect upon as the new school year was underway.

All Things Pythagorean

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in High School, Middle School, Uncategorized | No Comments

The Pythagorean Theorem has never seemed the same to me since seeing it rendered in terms of the Mona Lisa.

Arguments Encouraged

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in High School, Middle School | No Comments

For 3 mornings I worked with a group of math teachers lead by Chris Luzniak (@pispeak) and Matt Baker (@stoodle) aimed at promoting discussion among your students allowing for more talk from them and less talk directed at them.