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Posted by on October 07 2019 at 11:05 AM
Early in my teaching career I discovered that student mindset matters; likewise, teacher mindset matters. Long before I ever heard the term "Growth Mindset," I thought of the whole concept as an attitude, and I suppose the terms positive attitude and growth mindset are somewhat synonymous. By nature, I am a positive, optimistic person who possesses a growth mindset about and toward most things...except running, competitive swimming, and extreme sports! I love that growth mindset is such an…
Posted by Delia Reed on September 09 2019 at 11:20 AM
Every teacher strives to build a community of confident learners; as educators we aim to help students develop a passion for lifelong learning and the skills to persevere through challenging problem solving. But, as Marilyn Burns says, “solving problems is difficult without a path”.  Do The Math is built to provide students with a choice of different models and pathways so they can experiment as they frame and solve problems. With Do The Math students develop skills to persevere through…
Posted by Sara Liebert on July 15 2019 at 5:09 PM
John Muir Elementary School is a Title 1 elementary school. I support its teachers in math, and I teach a fifth-grade math class daily. This was my first year in the dual role; previously, I was a classroom teacher, with a majority of my teaching experience being in grades 3–5.  I had the opportunity to meet Marilyn Burns when she observed a guest teacher in my fifth-grade classroom during the spring of 2015. She reached out to me afterward and asked, “What are you going to do tomorrow?” I…
Posted by on April 04 2019 at 3:32 PM
This is a continuation of my previous blog post, where I recounted what I learned from this past year's National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in Washington, D.C. In the first post, I compared my NCTM experiences to a nearby museum. In this one, I compare them to an opportunity granted to HMH employees. Not knowing what it would involve but craving a classroom experience, in late 2017 I signed up for an HMH class titled "Learning Creative Learning." It was a survey…
Posted by on March 27 2019 at 4:39 PM
A few weeks back, I was in Washington, D.C., for this year's National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference--by far the largest annual math education conference. Being in D.C., there was one attraction I made a point to see: The National Portrait Gallery. In particular, I wanted to see one work by Kehinde Wiley, an artist mostly known for painting enormous and ultra-realistic portraits of African-Americans surrounded by rich, ornate patterns.Former President Barack Obama…
Posted by Holly Burwell on September 26 2018 at 3:40 PM
Too often I find that teachers are stuck while getting started in Do The Math. How can I trust the data I have in order to help me make placement decisions? Whether you have Math Inventory or not, there are a couple things to keep in mind when you get ready to place students.  1.      What data do I have available? If you are a district that uses Math Inventory, this may be your starting point for determining placement into Do The Math. Because it's a…