Category Archives: Teaching Math – Resources

Podcast

In a 2013 article in “The Journal”, Dian Schaffhauser does a survey of what educators think about the Khan Academy math program. Here is my podcast about her article entitled “The Math of Khan”. Talking about Education

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Really Big Education Site

Cybrary Man’s Educational Web Sites  The internet catalogue for students, teachers, administrators & parents.Over 20,000 relevant links personally selected by an educator/author with over 30 years of experience.

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Asking Effective Questions – best practices

There’s many articles written on how to ask questions. Here’s some that I liked: Questions Engaging Students through effective questions Questioning Skills to Engage Students Questioning Techniques. “Good learning starts with questions, not answers”. This article provides  a wealth of … Continue reading

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Gamefication – Learning by Doing, over and over again

Video games can be a wonderful way to learn something that has to be memorized – like times tables, prime numbers, factors because it allows the player to get enough repetition to memorize something before they’re so bored that they … Continue reading

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About Visible Learning

In his book, Visible Learning (2009), John Hattie summarizes 15 years of research in to what works to improve learning outcomes in school. He collated the results of over 50,000 studies and, from that, produced a list of over 100 … Continue reading

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Problem Solving – Worthwhile Problems

Developing problem solving skills is a fundamental part of learning math. This article explores the issues around teaching problem solving in the math classroom, pointing out that students learn problem solving skills slowly but that problem solving skills should be … Continue reading

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Thinking about thinking

This is an issue I deal with often in my fundamental math classroom. For example, a student may come in to the program not knowing how to divide using fractions. Once the student learns the skill, they might do really … Continue reading

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IAS: Problem Recognition Tasks

When solving a math problem, the very first step is to recognize the problem type so you can apply the correct solution. This short video is an explanation of Problem Recognition Tasks, an informal assessment strategy you can use to … Continue reading

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Math problems – patient problem solving

Video: Dan Meyer TED Talk – Math class needs a makeover Math textbooks tend to identify the problem type so that the student only has to plug in the new numbers in to an already known formula to solve the … Continue reading

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Informal Assessment Strategy – Z Charts

Learning, Contributing ‘n Developing – tutorial for creating your own Z Charts Z Charts are an informal assessment tools borrowed from the business world where they are often used to show sales over time, and the site, “Learning, Contributing ‘n … Continue reading

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