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Sep
5
2017

Formative Assessment Probes

Effective teachers are always adjusting their instruction based upon what their students know or don’t know while simultaneously juggling a million other plates like bus duty, parent communications, and endlessly grading papers. But now the question arises as to what is a practical way to make student thinking visible?  Teachers are always striving for their […]

Aug
12
2017

Don’t Underestimate Unit 0

With the year underway, we’re trying something new in Oklahoma that I think you should know about. For each and every grade level covered by our new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Mathematics, we’re recommending that teachers across Oklahoma spend their first week (or so) engaging their students in mathematics activities that inspire students and give […]

Aug
6
2017

Our Units Keep Getting Better

By now, you’ve hopefully seen the wonderful work of the OKMath Framework. I bragged about it here and made a little intro video about it here. It’s been a lot of fun to work on this project for the last 18 months and we’re through-the-roof excited about the work that we’re starting to share from […]

Feb
1
2017

RME Part 3 – The USA Asked It

Lesh, Middleton, Caylor, and Gupta (2008) present the argument begun by Freudenthal in the Netherlands and continued by Jim Kaput in the United States of America. Among many critical questions, the most relevant focus on what it means to understand the most important constructs and conceptual systems in mathematics. This question, also at the heart of […]

Jan
24
2017

RME Part 2 – The Dutch Asked It

In many ways, utility has long been a fundamental aspect of instruction and, more importantly, of the desire to learn. The apprenticeship model is widely considered as the most prominent form of instruction from a historical perspective. Throughout the ages, mastery was achieved through imitation combined with direct instruction, performance, and reflection. The iterative nature […]

Jan
17
2017

RME Part 1 – You’ve Asked It

The classic math class, wrought with structural, mechanistic design void of the true form of mathematics for the sake of well-structured, chronologically situated, convenient progress toward comprehension of the historical study of math, stands in stark contrast to the creative nature, chaotic potential, and intricate manifolds that only begin to describe the beauty of mathematics. What […]

Jan
15
2017

Collaborating to Build Fraction Sense

Ever felt like teaching fractions to students is basically the worst? I consistently meet teachers of all grades who have had pretty terrible experiences with it. Secondary teachers, especially, know that when kids come to middle school or high school without fraction sense, they not only have conceptual blockages but also emotional blockages. I’m digging […]

Dec
13
2016

The OKMath Framework Released

A couple weeks ago, I announced the new Oklahoma Test and Item Specification release for mathematics grades 3-8 and 10. Then I told you not to use them. The response was mixed. On one hand, there were responses from folks like Moriah Widener, one of Oklahoma’s most recent Presidential Award winners, responding with support: Thank […]

Oct
14
2016

#OKMath Task Force Week 5

We have been working hard for 6 weeks and the time is finally here!  #OKMath Task Force is in full effect and ready to roll next week with our state-wide math tasks.  Just stop for a moment and let that sink in….numerous classrooms around Oklahoma will all be doing the same task.  Hundreds of students will […]

Sep
30
2016

#OKMath Task Force Week 4

Welcome to Week #4 of the first cycle of the Math Task Force! Glad to have you back again! Well, we needed a couple of weeks off and we think you did too. This week we’re looking forward to introducing you to the content focus that will shape the shared math tasks we introduce next […]

Sep
9
2016

#OKMath Task Force Week 3

Welcome to Week #3 of the first cycle of the Math Task Force! Glad to have you back again! [This warm up only lasts about 10 minutes. If you have the endurance for it, you can also do the Heavy Lift set that should last about 10-15 minutes.] Part 1) Stretch It Out Before we […]

Sep
1
2016

#OKMath Task Force Week 2

Welcome to Week #2 of the first cycle of the Math Task Force! We are glad you’ve joined us! This week, we’re going to continue to push you to strengthen your teaching practice! Before you get started, we’ve got a follow-up poll for you from last week’s workout. Loading… [This warm up only lasts about […]

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