The Stenhouse Blog

What Folks Are Saying About . . . Joyful Math

Posted by admin on Oct 30, 2020 7:29:46 AM

In Deanna Pecaski McLennan’s kindergarten classroom, math isn’t limited to a specific block of time. It’s built into the environment and inseparable from everything her young students do.

All of the math in author Deanna Pecaski McLennan's instruction is infused with a sense of exploration, wonder, and joy. And in her new book, Joyful Math,  she shows us how to do the same by creating invitations for young children to engage with math ideas through art, literacy, and outdoor play. She focuses on building spaces in early childhood classrooms where children see themselves as mathematical thinkers with valuable ideas from the very start. 

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Topics: Math, #StenhouseMath, SEL

Bringing Math Learning Outdoors

Posted by admin on Oct 8, 2020 1:09:47 PM

Deanna Pecaski McLennan, Ph.D., is a full-day kindergarten teacher based in Ontario, Canada and the author of the new book Joyful Math: Invitations to Play and Explore in the Early Childhood Classroom  and was recently awarded the 2020 Prime Minister Award for Teaching Excellence in STEM.

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Topics: Math, #StenhouseMath, Kindergarten, PreK, Grade 1

Choral Counting Tool Available

Posted by admin on Dec 27, 2019 9:30:00 AM

As teachers and students engage in Choral Counting together, they often get quite intrigued by what they are seeing in the numbers and begin to wonder which patterns might arise, where regularities might repeat, and why certain things are happening. The ongoing thinking and conversations propel teachers to engage students in this activity over and over, finding new ways to adapt and innovate based on what students are exploring.

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Topics: #StenhouseMath

#StenhouseMath Chat Recap with Chris Luzniak

Posted by admin on Dec 11, 2019 4:28:07 PM

Chris Luzniak argues that you can make any math problem debatable, and that by incorporating debate techniques into your instruction you will get your students excited to do the math. Check out the recap of this #StenhouseMath Twitter Chat on the topic of Debating Math based on Chris's book, Up for Debate!, to find out more, and learn how others are already using these techniques in their classrooms with success!

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Topics: #StenhouseMath

#StenhouseMath Twitter Chat Questions for Up for Debate! with Chris Luzniak

Posted by admin on Dec 6, 2019 1:40:28 PM

On Tuesday, 12/10 at 9:00 p.m. ET, we will close out the year with a #StenhouseMath Twitter Chat with author of the new book, Up for Debate!, Chris Luzniak. Here are the questions we will discuss. If you're looking for ways to get your students engaged and talking about the math you're teaching them, join in the conversation!

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Topics: #StenhouseMath

Toward a Math Pedagogy

Posted by admin on Dec 5, 2019 8:34:38 AM

This blog post was written by Geoff Krall, educator and author of Necessary Conditions: Teaching Secondary Math with Academic Safety, Quality Tasks, and Effective Facilitation.

There’s that famous yarn about how if someone time traveled from 100 years ago everything would look different except classrooms. That’s not really true. At least, not now. In fact, if this time traveler walked along the hallway of a math department, they’d see all sorts of disparate things. Sure, some classrooms might have desks in rows with the teacher lecturing at the board. But in other rooms students would be working in groups. In other rooms still students would be plugged into a piece of instructional software. This would-be time traveler would have no idea what’s going on!

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Topics: #StenhouseMath

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