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Why Withhold the Fraction Algorithm?

According to this article by Jo Boaler — professor of mathematics education at Stanford and co-founder of http://www.youcubed.org  — math memorizers scored poorly on the international PISA test, and the U.S. has more memorizers than most other countries in the world. The highest achieving students internationally were those who thought of math as a set …

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Starting the year: Logic, Fractions and Similes

Reminding ourselves of our goals: Higher achievement for all by slowing down the curriculum. Aiming for visualization and conceptual understanding over memorization. Providing challenge for fast learners, by going into more depth. Making math interesting and even fun. 1. Starting With Logic Puzzles We started the year with several days of logic problems, much like …

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Nearing the end… How are we doing? Self-assessment time for us.

It’s time to look at recent quizzes and evaluate the progress we’ve made this year. Why is it we teachers remember the slips, the failures, the lessons that didn’t work? We’ll try to be honest with ourselves here, and evaluate our outcomes so far for the year. We’re evaluating the three concepts we feel are …

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