Category: Mathematics

How to Make Math Class Student Centered

Fresh teaching ideas engulf math teachers each fall. Which strategies take priority as we seek to help students have the best year ever? Teacher and coach Mona Iehl recommends three: build classroom community, review and augment resources, and select engaging lesson formats.

Developing the “Why” for Middle Grades Math

Math students in the middle grades want the truth: “Why should math matter to me?” To show them, curriculum leader Christian Polizzi suggests making real-world connections, asking students for examples in their own lives, and having them create “personalized” math problems.

Here’s How to Get Kids Talking in Math Class!

We know how to get those same 6 students talking and raising their hand each day. But how do we engage every student in truly explaining their thinking and sharing their math reasoning? Middle grades teacher Mona Iehl shares 3 ways to structure questions that pull them in and keep them talking.

How I’m Shaking Up My Daily Math Lessons

Using a variety of teaching strategies is a great way to ensure students are cognitively engaged, writes math teacher Kathie Palmieri. Their responses to strategic prompts start productive discussions, and this helps kids feel they have a voice in shaping their learning.

4 Ways to Build Equity in Your Math Classroom

Teachers who support the idea of creating an equitable, student-centered classroom may question their ability to shape instruction so every child is well-served. Math teacher Mona Iehl shares four ways to start simply. Step 1: Make productive struggle an everyday routine.

Black History Figures Inspire Math Classes

Middle grades teacher Mona Iehl wants students to be able to “see themselves in math “and be represented in the work they do together. Learn how she uses the images and words of Black Mathematicians to empower and inspire her classes to welcome and master math challenges.

Kindle Math Engagement with Daily Warm-Ups

If you’re looking for a way to engage your students in deep mathematical thinking as soon as they walk into class, give math warm-ups a try. Middle grades teacher Mona Iehl lays out the elements of eye-catching warm-ups and how to make them work for your kids.

4 Moves to Help Tweens Overcome Math Anxiety

Math class brings certain challenges and requires special attention when forming a community, writes middle grades teacher Mona Iehl. “Many of my students come with negative math experiences and associations. My goal is that each student feels a sense of safety and belonging.”

A Rough Draft Mindset Boosts Math Learning

Using rough drafts and revision in middle school math class can reduce anxiety and boost math learning. Kathleen Taylor and Amanda Jansen relate an action research project aimed at shifting lessons from a process of task completion to one of continuous, ongoing learning.