Practical Math in Your Class

Math Moments with Mrs. Brown

Standards for Mathematical Practice

"Mathematically proficient students blend their knowledge of math content with their ability to apply that knowledge to solve problems, communicate math ideas, justify solutions, model math concepts, and reason to make sense of mathematics."

Classroom Organization

Thanks to our teachers for turning in some great images of "What good looks like"...we want to end the year with stations/centers that are accessible to students, clean and organized, but also showing our students how to use and keep our space clean and ready for the next student who needs it. If you need ideas on how to get there, I am here to help! Together we can make math fun and engaging.

Number Talks

The truth is that students are still being taught math the way we have always learned it. That hasn't changed. However, in addition to the traditional way of learning math, students are being taught another approach to help them understand how and why math problems work--called "number sense". This new way shows students taught numbers are just flexible things made up of other numbers and makes solving math problems that much easier.

Essential Teaching Strategies to build Number Sense:

  1. Model different methods for computing
  2. Ask students to calculate mentally
  3. Have class discussions about strategies for computing
  4. Make estimation an integral part of computing
  5. Pose numerical problems that have more than one answer
  6. Question students about their thinking

Inquiry Math How To's

Inquiry maths is a model of teaching that encourages students to regulate their own activity while exploring a mathematical statement (called a prompt). Inquiries can involve a class on diverse paths of exploration or in listening to a teacher's explanation at the end. In inquiry students take responsibility for directing the lesson with the teacher acting as the arbiter of legitimate mathematical activity.

What have you learned today that you feel you can do in your own classroom?

Thank you Lindsey for answering my padlet question from our Friday PD!!!

Jenn Brown

This is my first year as Math/Lit Lead. I am so excited and passionate about deeper learning and how to engage students into the materials through games, activities, interactive responses and hope I can train my peers to pass on that love of learning to their students this year. Let's make it a great year...together!