Daphne’s DREAM: Drop Everything and Math

School's starting soon, so our kids have started anticipating, wondering, and talking about what might come in fifth and third grade. The other night at dinner, soon-to-be-third-grade Daphne burst into tears with worry about high-stakes testing, timed tests for multiplication facts, and math textbooks. My paraphrase of what she said, ...
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Starting Out: First Steps Toward Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had

I was honored that Middleweb asked me to write a blogpost specifically for new math teachers. Reposting here: When I was in graduate school preparing to become an elementary-school teacher, my math methods professor, Elham Kazemi, told me it takes five years to become a skillful math teacher. I remember ...
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Which Comes First in the Fall? Norms or Tasks?

(Reblogged from the Stenhouse summer blogstitute. If you haven't checked it out yet, take a peek--lots of authors wrote posts!) I periodically hear discussion about whether it's better to start the new school year by establishing norms for math class, or to dive right into a rich mathematical task. I'm ...
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Representations and Manipulatives and Tools and Things

One of the things I think about is the relationship between teaching math and the physical stuff that goes along with teaching math. This relationship gets distorted sometimes. For a while, the elementary world got all kinds of swept up in manipulatives. All lessons became "hands-on" because somehow "hands-on" led ...
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#LessonClose

I've been having fun playing around with lesson closes lately. It's something I've been meaning to write up or present on for a few years now, and one of Mike Flynn's awesome Mt. Holyoke classes gave me the reason to do it. I'll be giving a condensed version of that webinar ...
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Every year, handouts edition

Every year, I plan to get my slides and handouts done well ahead of time so they can be uploaded. https://twitter.com/TracyZager/status/847890931940556801 And then, every year, I think well, at least I'll find time to upload them during conference week. And then, every year, I think I'll upload them as soon as ...
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NCSM/NCTM My Favorite

I'm starting to bounce back from conference week. I love it every year and this one was no exception. I'm still processing (and digging out from emails), but there's one thought I need to share now. Every year there's a certain amount of soul searching among the folks in the ...
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Welcoming Dissent

It's been so gratifying to hear from people enjoying Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had all around the world. After five years of work on it, I'm over the moon that teachers are finding it useful, approachable, and inspiring (their words, not mine, but oh boy do I love ...
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Forums

You've probably noticed some changes here at the blog. I decided to go through the hassle of moving platforms for one big reason: forums. Wordpress.com doesn't support the use of forums, and I wanted forums very, very badly. I think it's worth telling you why. The value of any professional ...
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The Book

You can now take a look at what I've been up to since 2011. The preview for Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had: Ideas and Strategies from Vibrant Classrooms is live. You can flip through the whole book, if you like, before deciding whether it's a good fit for ...
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