Slice of the Pi

December Edition

Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder--no matter how old you became and how much you'd seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.

Candace Bushnell

An end. A beginning.

The end of a year. The beginning of a new decade. Some of you are wrapping up your first few months of teaching, for others this may be the last winter break of a long career in the service of children as you plan your retirement.

Wherever you fall on this spectrum, I'm sure there are things you're ready to leave behind (Ugh. I always hate this lesson!) or interested in starting ( I'd really like to have learners more engaged in math discussions!). As we close this year, I'd love to support you as you think about how to stop, or start, aspects of instruction in your room. Interested? Reach out to plan a coaching conversation.

Thank you for your continued self reflection and allowing me to be part of your learning process. I'm so impressed with the dedication and innovation I see all across Region 15- I learn something new every day!

May your holiday season be filled with joy and laughter!

Bridging Math and Writing

Note the similarities between the third math practice standard and the language in our opinion writing rubric. Explicitly highlighting these connections for students will allow for the transfer of critical skills across both content areas. No matter what fields our students choose in their futures- being able to communicate clearly will be critical to their success.

Interested in learning more?

I've linked an article from NCTM on promoting mathematical argumentation and a chapter from ASCD Teaching Students to Communicate Mathematically by Laney Sammons.

And below is a video from an Ignite talk by Chris Luzniak, Stenhouse author of Up For Debate!, a teacher resource on creating structures and routines that will get your students talking, listening, and debating.

Reach out if this something I can help you explore!

Debate That!: Chris Luzniak

Dear Family,

Music to our ears- Symphony Math. You've probably recently received communication from your interventionist about our free trial of Symphony math (and if not I'm sure it is soon to come!) which can be used with entire classes, small groups, or individual students. Many of you reported parents asking for additional math work at conferences and this has school to home use! Students will take a placement test and be provided learning opportunities at their precise instructional level. In their words it is:

A web-enabled program with a visual and highly intuitive interface, Symphony Math® helps students understand at a conceptual level. Instead of being overwhelmed by numbers, students move at their own speed and learn how math works. Try some sample tasks from Symphony here.

Another great direction for parents looking for more math practice at home- games! See a sample of an early elementary option below on Twitter- my niece loved it. Click the link for more options. Bridges work places can often be modified for home use too- a paperclip makes a perfect spinner. Encourage families to ditch the extra worksheets and have some fun learning!

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What time is lunch?

Are your students still struggling with telling time? Check out the expected progression of skills.

Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks.


Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.

Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the problem on a number line diagram.

Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale.


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