tricks and memorization and automaticity

March 19, 2019

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I work w/ lots and lots of people who haven’t learned stuff like times tables. It’s a whole lot like decoding in reading.   If you’re not teaching decoding, then … if decoding is a cognitive load, take the load away.   Find another delivery system. However!   It’s worth learning to decode!  It’s worth learning to read. […]

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Webinar :)

March 18, 2019

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  It’s interesting to me that they’ve found MP2, MP7 and MP8 to be deeper and more challenging:  (“Reason abstractly and qualitatively,”  “Look for and make use of structures,” “Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.”) I’m imagining the very different experience this would provide a student — tho’ it could be terrifying.   3 […]

It’s begun!

March 13, 2019

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So I’m allowed to share my excitement, but not details and certainly not lessons 🙂  Yesterday was training for the Illustrative Mathematics “writing supports” gig.   Fortunately we were wrapping up a few minutes early… when our fire alarms went off.   Saint Murphy intervenes 🙂  it got me outthe door by 5:50 and I could do […]

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So changing texts doesn’t improve things…

March 12, 2019

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This article ” Study: adopting new textbook doesn’t increase students’ math achievement”    had lots of the folks on twitter eyerolling … that no, it’s how you teach … … I wonder about so many teahcers having “about the same” results, but that probably depends on how they’re averaging them.   It was the same “growth,” not […]

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The bus…

March 5, 2019

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… no, I didn’t remember to ponder reframing our efforts to foster success in college level courses if we’re expected to place students “college level with support.”   Can we have that as *one option*? Could we have them register for both and then drop one in a week so they don’t have to pay for […]

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anticipation II

March 2, 2019

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Signed contract received yesterday (dated yesterday).   SO things could really actually get interesting soon 🙂 In the meantime … times tables!   And hte usual Saturday reading. From our Developmental Ed Council meeting, which was about the law being proposed to basically eliminate developmental education and put everybody into college level courses “with support.”   I didn’t […]

Anticipation ;)

February 26, 2019

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Things are supposed to start today with ILlustrative Math.   I was encouraged to closely monitor my emails… that said, Monday is my most tightly packed day (almost 1/8 as busy as the average mom, I know…)  so … I am too busy to be impatient.   (Not too busy to be a little anxious, but it’s […]

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