Becoming a Mathematical Thinker

What is Mathematics Fluency?

Girl doing math at board

Using Math to Solve Real-World Problems

While visiting schools in our Northwest region, I am constantly reminded that students of all ages have intuitive number sense and understand how to use mathematics to solve real-world problems. 

Motivating Students Using Technology

Motivating students in problem solving is often easier through the use of technology, which allows students to actively and responsively revise their solutions girl on computerand thinking. Students learn most effectively when they are able to apply what they know to solve a real world problem.

Summer Professional Development

"School's out for summer..." As the days get longer and the temps are creeping up, I find myself humming that song to myself.  "Summer time and the livin' is 2016 Summer Professional Development flyer covereasy..." I look forward to summer every year - a chance to rest, relax, and recharge.  Rest and relaxation are important and needed, but I also eagerly look forward to recharging my brain.  The NWESD ha

Why Homework?

I like a teacher who gives you something
to take home to think about
besides homework.

—Lily Tomlin

Number Talks

I recently walked into a 6th grade classroom where students were thinking flexibly and engaging in meaningful discourse about mathematics.  The environment in the classroom encouraged students to volunteer ideas they were still forming and often students posed questions to one another, with the teacher in the background. 

The discourse was around mathematical ideas, some of which were sophisticated ideas that permeate K-12 mathematics and beyond.  What was going on?

Book Review - Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All

Math StudentThere is a much talked about book being circulated amongst mathematics educators that is worth talking about! Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All, published by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in 2014 officially promotes an equitable and meaningful mathematics education for all students.


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