The Stenhouse Blog

The Math Resource Every K-8 Teacher Should Have

Posted by admin on Jul 3, 2020 5:00:00 AM

For many teachers, math is not a comfort zone. Even experienced teachers sometimes struggle with how to teach the big ideas in mathematics with a student-centered approach that can both nudge student thinking forward and build essential problem-solving skills. If only there was something out there that helps with both of those concepts in a friendly, easy-to-understand way. Oh, but there is!

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Topics: Math, Math Monday #StenhouseMath

Academic Safety and Math

Posted by Jill Backman on Apr 9, 2020 1:32:31 PM

"I know I’m in an academically safe classroom when I see each student speak mathematically without the teacher prompting. The most academically safe classrooms are ones in which students are quick to ask questions of other students and are as quick to listen." Geoff Krall, Necessary Conditions

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Topics: Math

Webinar Recap with Marian Small

Posted by admin on Nov 18, 2019 3:08:53 PM

Most students and teachers think about subtraction as "take away" but Marian Small, author of Understanding the Math We Teach and How to Teach It  is offering different ways to think about subtraction that don't expire and that lead to greater math success in grades K–8.

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Topics: Math, #StenhouseMath

#StenhouseMath Chat RECAP with Robert Kaplinsky, Open Middle Math

Posted by admin on Nov 13, 2019 3:11:35 PM

"The unfortunate reality is that it's really hard to standardize thinking that's not standard."

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Topics: Math, #StenhouseMath

#OpenMiddle Math Twitter Chat with Robert Kaplinsky

Posted by admin on Nov 6, 2019 6:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Math, #StenhouseMath

What does small-group instruction mean in mathematics?

Posted by admin on Oct 31, 2019 9:46:03 AM

"There is something special about the closeness of working with a few mathematicians to tackle a problem." ~ Kassia Wedekind, Math Exchanges

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Topics: Math, #StenhouseMath

Open Middle Math: Q&A with Robert Kaplinsky

Posted by admin on Oct 30, 2019 5:31:00 AM

"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.

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Topics: Math, Math Monday #StenhouseMath

Teacher's Corner Podcast: Graham Fletcher and Tracy Zager

Posted by admin on Oct 28, 2019 11:04:15 AM

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!

Sign up HERE and be the first to receive news and updates about this exciting new resource!

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Topics: Math, #StenhouseMath

#StenhouseMath Chat with Mike Flynn RECAP

Posted by admin on Oct 15, 2019 10:15:19 AM

"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

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Topics: Math, #StenhouseMath

The One Book Every Math Teacher Should Have

Posted by Marian Small, author on Oct 7, 2019 5:00:00 AM
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.

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Topics: Math, Math Monday #StenhouseMath