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All Students Can Learn Mathematics At a High Level

Our country has a problem with math. Too many people say they are no good at it, were never any good at it, and never will be any good at it. One study, done by Marilyn Burns of Math Solutions, … Continue reading

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Guest Post – Follow-Up on Homework in Elementary Schools

After I published the post called “What About Homework” I got an e-mail from a friend who is a principal in Washington County in southeastern Utah. With his permission, I am posting his e-mail here, with emphasis added where needed. … Continue reading

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Strategies for Addition and Subtraction

“Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.” -Steve Jobs Sometimes we hear from parents and some teachers that they would love us to go back to teaching math the way they learned it. They say they can’t … Continue reading

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Place Value, or Thank You Hindus and Arabs, or The Beauty of the Base-Ten Numeration System

I have been doing a lot of thinking about place value lately. Yes, I need a life outside my standard state-issue gray cubicle. Nonetheless, I have become caught up in the beauty of the Hindu-Arabic number system. We also know … Continue reading

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Conceptual Understanding

“Science is built up of facts, as a house is built of stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house.” ― Henri Poincaré, Science and Hypothesis While Poincaré was writing about … Continue reading

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Procedural Fluency

I know I said last time that I would write about long division. That will have to wait. I feel some urgency to write a bit about fluency in mathematics. The Utah Core State Standards in mathematics require students to … Continue reading

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