Building a Math Mindset

A place to share math stories and resources

Talking about Math

A big Thank You to all who came to our vertical math conversation on October 12th. The sharing of ideas was very encouraging. These kind of conversations are what I love!! So thanks to all who participated. We are working on getting the requested resources together.

Another big shout out goes to Nedra Henson and Andi Nance for letting our school board know how Gilmer Elementary is supporting numeracy. Thanks, ladies, for telling our story. Communicating the goals of our math program will build the understanding and support that not only teachers, but especially students, need! Dee Griffin and Jennette Branum spoke on behalf of literacy, and I want to congratulate them on a job well done, also.

Please take 5 minutes if you can to watch the video below by Robert Kaplinsky. He talks about productive struggle for our students. This idea lines up with something I have been thinking about for a little while: answer-getting vs. problem solving. I know that I would love to have a conversation about this with anyone who is also interested!

Productive Struggle in Math

#nwmc15 IGNITE Speaker 1: Robert Kaplinsky

Great math talk from our students: click on the links to hear the thinking

Resources Worth Sharing

Robert Marzano's research tells us that finding similarities and differences is a high-yield instructional strategy. Explore the Which One Doesn't Belong? site to see ways your students can practice this. The trick? An argument could be made for each item not belonging with the others!

Which One Doesn't Belong?

There are many, many school districts who post great resources on the internet. Below are links to specific lessons and resources by grade level from one such district.

CAUTION: Always make sure any lesson or activity matches our TEKS. We teach the TEKS!


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

Keep sending us your students' thinking! We love it.