"The unfortunate reality is that it's really hard to standardize thinking that's not standard."
Next Tuesday night, 11/12 at 9:00 p.m. ET we will be having our November #StenhouseMath Twitter Chat with Robert Kaplinsky, author of the new book, Open Middle Math: Problems That Unlock Student Thinking. We wanted to share the questions ahead of the chat to give people some time to think about them. Whether you use Open Middle problems in your class already, or you’ve heard of them but not sure how to use them, or you’ve never heard of them but are looking for ways to get your secondary students engaged—this chat is for you.
"There is something special about the closeness of working with a few mathematicians to tackle a problem." ~ Kassia Wedekind, Math Exchanges
"Open Middle Math celebrates that the journey we bring students on in our classroom matters more than the destination.” –Sara Van Der Werf, VanDerWerf Educational Consulting
Recently, we sat down with Robert Kaplinsky to talk about his new book, Open Middle Math: Problems That Unlock Student Thinking, Grades 6–12. Find out how Open Middle math problems can transform your middle and high school math class.
Our latest episode of Teacher's Corner features a fantastic conversation between Graham Fletcher and Tracy Zager about the development of the Fact Fluency Toolkit, available next year. Click the image to listen!
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"I feel like it’s easy to get trapped in the weeds of right and wrong answers and lose sight of the richness of actually engaging in mathematical processes. #StenhouseMath"
~Mike Flynn, author of Beyond Answers
Below is a guest blog from author and math expert, Marian Small. Her new book, Understanding the Math We Teach and How to Teach It is now available for order.
Lots of elementary teachers were not privileged to receive math instruction that built their confidence in math. As a consequence, many of these teachers feel discomfort and stress as they try to teach math in a more meaningful way to their students. They worry! What if they say the wrong thing? What if the students ask them to explain something and they can’t? What if the students say something, and they’re not sure if they are right or wrong? If you are one of the people with those feelings, you are not alone. For so long, math was taught by many as a set of rules without any attempt to make those rules make sense, and many of our teachers are products of that system.
In this newest installment of the Teacher's Corner Podcast, Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker, authors of Making Number Talks Matter and Digging Deeper: Making Number Talks Matter Even More talk about their journey writing these two important math books and what they've learned along the way.
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Math teacher and author of the new book, Up for Debate! Chris Luzniak, wondered what would happen if he blended the energizing techniques from his debate classes with the lessons in his math classes to help his students become more engaged—he was not disappointed.
The following is excerpted from the Introduction of the new book by Robert Kaplinsky, Open Middle Math: Problems That Unlock Student Thinking, Grades 6–12. Find out what your classroom can look like by incorporating the ideas from this book into your math instruction.