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The Fiction-Driven Classroom… Guilty as Charged? Creating Successful Nonfiction Writers

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One of those things teachers have to think about today—that maybe they didn’t so much before—is the difference between fiction and nonfiction. Unless you’re a teacher and responsible for meeting the standards, you might think “It’s all reading, so it’s … Continue reading

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Fractions and Division—Keeping It Real

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Surely, in your teaching of fractions and division, you’ve had kids wonder (if not say out loud) –When in the world will we ever have to divide fractions?  Don’t feel bad if you were caught off guard and found yourself … Continue reading

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8 Mathematical Practices: Not a Mile Wide, But a Mile Deep

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We ran across a disturbing article. It described a study a few years ago that followed thousands of undergraduates for four years. It found that large numbers of these students did not know how to think critically or reason—two higher-order … Continue reading

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8 Mathematical Practices and the Two Words Teachers Love to Hear from Students

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Young children in the early years love to explore, discover, work together, and make connections in their classrooms. If they succeed at learning and it’s fun, they want to learn more. It’s during these years, specifically K–2, that they form … Continue reading

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Mistakes in the Math Classroom: Bring ‘em On!

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Each time your students gather for math time, you probably have the same goals—to motivate them, teach them how to find the “right” answer, and (hopefully) prepare them to earn a good grade or test score. What you don’t plan … Continue reading

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