Connecting Research to Practice: In the Spring of 2019 and Summer of 2019, we designed a professional development course focused on developing teachers’ mathematics teaching practices. Using NCTM’s Principles to Action (2014), we designed the Spring course as a 15 week course. We spend each week focused on a teaching practice where teachers selected a…

Read MoreWorked with 52 amazing Gr 3-8 VA teachers @VaSCL on using learning progression to position students as being “math strong” with mathematical powers that empowers them-moving away from deficit language to catalyze change in Elem & Middle School and bring #ETP Equitable Teaching Practices in the math class @kmorrowleong @Mathburner @math_rickard @Deb_crawford @nctm Launched the…

Read MoreAs I begin a new semester with excited new pre-service teachers, I am inspired by Ilana Horn’s book @ilana_horn, Motivated- Designing Math Classrooms Where Students Want to Join In! She identifies five features of a motivational classroom: Students’ sense of belongingness, the meaningfulness of learning, students’ competence, structures for accountability and students’ autonomy. Dr. Horn shared…

Read MoreEQUAL Math- EQUitable Access to Learning Mathematics How can you build students mathematical power to empower them and motivate them to learn mathematically to serve them? Mathematical modeling is a powerful way to immerse young students in ways that math can serve them in their every day life to make important decisions. As teachers we…

Read MoreCheck out Dr. Suh’s latest Publication in the NCTM journal, Teaching Children Mathematics! This article is from her current project called “Math VAULT”, Vertical Articulation to Unpack the Learning Trajectory, which focuses on using Lesson Study and Video Studies to learn from rich mathematics tasks implemented across grade levels that unpack the learning progression and enhance the teaching and learning…

Read MoreMath Literacy, according to the PISA’s Math Framework (2015), places the emphasis on the math modeling process and describe it as the “ability of students to analyze, reason and communicate ideas effectively as they pose, formulate, solve and interpret mathematical problems in a variety of situations. The PISA mathematics assessment focuses on real-world problems, moving beyond…

Read MoreWith my work with Mathematical Modeling and Teaching practices, I think hard about the art of asking questions. Harvard Business School article by Pohlmann and Thomas (2015) write about “Relearning the Art of Asking Questions” https://hbr.org/2015/03/relearning-the-art-of-asking-questions The curious four-year-old asks a lot of questions — incessant streams of “Why?” and “Why not?” might sound familiar —…

Read MoreCuriosity Kids are relentless in their urge to learn and master. As John Medina writes in Brain Rules, “This need for explanation is so powerfully stitched into their experience that some scientists describe it as a drive, just as hunger and thirst and sex are drives.” Curiosity is what makes us try something until we can do…

Read MoreMath in 3D! To many people, mathematics is seen as a topic of study, a course or content that they remember as problems they saw in textbook- A 2D experience – Flat and unrelated to their real world or daily lives. One of the paradigm shifts needed for many, is Math in 3D! What…

Read MoreDeveloping Strategic Competence in Elementary and Middle School JENNIFER M. SUH AND PADMANABHAN SESHAIYER Modeling Mathematical Ideas combines current research and practical strategies to build teachers and students strategic competence in problem solving.This must-have book supports teachers in understanding learning progressions that addresses conceptual guiding posts as well as students’ common misconceptions in investigating and…

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