Category: Meaningful Math

How to Help Students Crush Math Anxiety

When teacher Michelle Russell surveyed her students about personal interests and learning preferences, she found over one-third have anxious or negative feelings about math. She’s begun her search for strategies to address the problem – and she welcomes your ideas!

Should We Do More Writing in Math Class?

Math teacher Michelle Russell has been exploring the idea that asking students to write more might help them better understand and retain math concepts. After reading contrasting expert opinions, she decided to ask her students, who’ve provided some very useful insights.

Card Sorts Can Promote Meaningful Math Talk

Math teachers looking for ways to promote deeper student “math talk” might consider team card sorting, says Michelle Russell, author of MiddleWeb’s new “Meaningful Math” blog. Among her tips: resist jumping in to help – and always have a culminating activity.