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The research-based balance in early childhood mathematics: A response to Common Core criticisms. Growth Mindset: How to Normalize Mistake Making and Struggle in Class. Carol Dweck’s research on growth mindset has become essential knowledge in education circles.

Growth Mindset: How to Normalize Mistake Making and Struggle in Class

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HW. Fractions. Mental math. Anchor Charts 101: Why and How to Use Them, Plus 100s of Ideas - WeAreTeachers. You see them all over Pinterest.

Anchor Charts 101: Why and How to Use Them, Plus 100s of Ideas - WeAreTeachers

You see them all over our WeAreTeachers Facebook page. You might even see them in the classroom next door. Teachers are incorporating anchor charts into their teaching in all subject areas. But what are anchor charts actually good for? That’s the question one teacher bravely posted on our HELPLINE this week. The HELPLINE crew was, as always, incredibly helpful. …a child first has to learn the foundational skills of math, like______? – Thinking Mathematically. Education Research Highlights From 2016. In 2016, we learned more about how teachers feel about their profession, from the reasons why they started teaching in the first place (#1) to why they leave (#6).

We learned that science students do better when teachers share stories about the struggles scientists face instead of portraying them as geniuses (#3). We’re also learning more about why U.S. students are falling behind students in other countries (#12). Here are 15 studies published this year that every educator should know about. 1. …a child first has to learn the foundational skills of math, like______? – Thinking Mathematically. …a child first has to learn the foundational skills of math, like______? – Thinking Mathematically. Missing Factors: On Learning What You Don’t Know – Teaching With Problems. I.

Missing Factors: On Learning What You Don’t Know – Teaching With Problems

Rachel Rachel was a student in my fourth grade class. At the start of the year, she showed traits that I worry a great deal about. She was a quiet girl who didn’t raise her hand at even the safest questions I lobbed. (“What is your favorite number?”) This was just my second time teaching math to fourth graders. Ten Issues Capturing the Minds of Educators and Parents This Year. Every year there are some topics and conversations that grab readers’ attention more than others.

Ten Issues Capturing the Minds of Educators and Parents This Year

In 2016, MindShift readers engaged most often and deeply with stories about the tricky job of motivating learners, especially when circumstances like poverty, learning differences and trauma complicate classroom dynamics. Educators are looking for ways to reach all facets of the complicated learners that sit in their classrooms, diving deeply into research about self-control, mindfulness programs and teaching strategies to give students structures for their thinking.

And, since educating a child is a partnership between schools, families and communities, many classroom teachers and parents alike are increasingly concerned about the role parents play in nurturing and supporting students. More Lessons Learned from Research, Volume 1. Edited by Edward A.

More Lessons Learned from Research, Volume 1

Effective Instruction. Two features of instruction are especially likely to help students develop conceptual understanding of the mathematics topic they are studying: Attending explicitly to connections among facts, procedures, and ideas Encouraging students to wrestle with the important ideas in an intentional and conscious way In essence, if instruction aims to help students develop conceptual understanding, then it must make explicit the crucial relationships that lie at the heart of such understanding.

Effective Instruction

Research findings suggest the following: mathematics teaching that facilitates skill efficiency is rapidly paced; includes modeling by the teacher with many teacher-directed, product type of questions; displays a smooth transition from demonstration to substantial amounts of error-free practice. The teacher plays a central role in organizing, pacing, and presenting information to meet well-defined learning goals. Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns. A student takes notes at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D.C.

Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns

Caution Flags For Tech In Classrooms : NPR Ed. A group of recent studies on technology in education, across a wide range of real-world settings, have come up far short of a ringing endorsement.

Caution Flags For Tech In Classrooms : NPR Ed

The studies include research on K-12 schools and higher ed, both blended learning and online, and show results ranging from mixed to negative. A deeper look into these reports gives a sense that, even as computers become ubiquitous in classrooms, there's a lot we still don't know — or at least that we're not doing to make them effective tools for learning. First, a quick overview of the studies and their results: Last fall, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development published its first-ever, and one of the largest-ever, international analyses of student access to computers and how that relates to student learning.

(The OECD administers the PISA test, the world-famous international academic ranking.) That's right. A little bit of computer use was modestly positive, the authors found. Now let's move to the U.S. Education Week. We Ask, We Listen, We Learn. I’ve been a math educator for more than fifty years, and I thought that by now I’d probably heard every possible answer to problems I’d given students.

We Ask, We Listen, We Learn

But “120 and 30/5” for the answer to 12.6 × 10 was new to me. Teaching to the Beat of a Different Drummer. Have you ever said or thought any of the following?

Teaching to the Beat of a Different Drummer

“They just add all the numbers! It doesn’t matter what the problem says.” “They don’t stop to think! They just start computing as soon as they’re done reading the problem.” “They don’t even realize this is exactly the same type of situation as the problem we did yesterday!” Then you might be interested in trying out numberless word problems with your students. Math Teachers Should Encourage Their Students to Count Using Their Fingers in Class. A few weeks ago I (Jo Boaler) was working in my Stanford office when the silence of the room was interrupted by a phone call.

A mother called me to report that her 5-year-old daughter had come home from school crying because her teacher had not allowed her to count on her fingers. This is not an isolated event—schools across the country regularly ban finger use in classrooms or communicate to students that they are babyish. This is despite a compelling and rather surprising branch of neuroscience that shows the importance of an area of our brain that “sees” fingers, well beyond the time and age that people use their fingers to count. In a study published last year, the researchers Ilaria Berteletti and James R.