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.

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.

Making Sense

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

This was a wonderful opportunity for discussions around making sense of the problem, communicating clearly and making sense of each other’s thinking. Yes, in first grade.

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?

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?

Open the Middle of Problems for Students

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in High School, Middle School | No Comments

There are so many questions that float through my head when I see something new that piques my interest. Let’s look at one of those resources, Open Middle. Open Middle sprang from the mind of Robert Kaplinski after attending to Dan Meyer’s talk Video Games and Making Math More Like Things Students Like.

Extenhancing understanding of the Pythagorean theorem

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in High School | One Comment

Once we have guided our students to connect the geometric representation with the algebraic representation of the relationship, we can further deepen their conceptual understanding, broaden their concept image, and promote reasoning and sense making through a series of tasks such as these.

My Favorite Task & the Magical Teaching Sweet Spot

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015 in Middle School | No Comments

Submitted by Sara Van Der Werf
I could not have predicted my favorite day in my 7th grade classroom last school year. The task I selected for the day was chosen as a quick 10 minute warm-up problem.