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"Core" Ideas to Follow

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When looking for math activities, information, or new ideas  I have a few "core" people I follow.

Here is the short list:

Bill McCallum:  http://commoncoretools.me/author/wgmccallum/

Donna Boucher:  http://mathcoachscorner.blogspot.com/

Dan Meyer:  http://blog.mrmeyer.com/

Marilyn Burns:  Math Solutions

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Write? That's Right!

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Most of you know me as the math girl and that is absolutely true, but....before I was the math girl, I was the word girl.  I like to joke that I am a word"smith" but it isn't a joke.

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Is Faster Really Better?

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"It's not complicated, faster is better!"  If you believe the AT&T commercials faster is always better and for years we have taught math using that same theory!  We taught procedures and gave daily timed math facts tests to ensure students would become faster and faster at "doing" math.   We celebrated two things; the correct answer and arriving at it quickly or automatically.  Through our efforts a small segment of our population was congratulated and made to believe they were our best and brightest.  They were true mathematicians!  But for a much larger group of people we proved just

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CGI and the Common Core: How Do They Connect?

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Recently I attended the  Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics Conference. While at KATM, I presented Cognitively Guided Instruction and the Common Core: How do they Connect?  I began the discussion with background information on CGI.  Cognitively Guided Instruction is a research-based instructional strategy developed by Thomas Carpenter, Elizabeth Fennema, Linda Levi and others in the late 1980s. It was funded by the National Science Foundation and the work occurred at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. 

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Calculators or No Calculators: That Is the Question

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I was recently contacted by an instructional coach from a school district where I work regularly.  She and her teachers were working on math units aligned to common core.  They were trying to determine whether students should be allowed to use calculators during instruction and whether they would be allowed to use them on the new state assessments. 

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Common Core Math: How "Deep" Do We Go

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Rigor is a word receiving alot of attention in regards to the common core state standards.  So what does it mean in terms of teaching and learning? The 8 mathematical practices and the college and career readiness standards give us a look at what rigor refers to. 

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Common Core Math Resources

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It's a Friday evening and I have just drifted off into the loveliest dream.  I am the young and beautiful Julie Andrews falling for the dashing Christopher Plummer on the movie set of my favorite musical, "The Sound of Music".  Things are progressing right on cue.  I have sung the opening theme song, met the Captain with his "ridiculous" whistle, set on the infamous pinecone, cut up the curtains to make playclothes, and then "Up in the nursery, an absurd little bird, is calling out to say "You're" cuckoo, cuckoo...."

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10 Things Jordyn's Math Teacher Needs to Know About CCSS

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Two months ago, Jordyn Marie was born.  Nothing can match the joy of having a child, unless it is the birth of a grandchild.  If you ask me, she is pretty darn perfect, and as a devoted Nee'Nee' (my name for grandma) I would like to keep her that way.  I would like to make her life, most especially her school career, as smooth as possible.  Therefore, I have compiled a list for the future math teachers who will be tasked with ensuring Jordyn's math understanding.   Here are the top 10 things that her teachers need to make sure they are doing by 2018: 

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M4: Midwest Mathematics Meeting of the Minds

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I recently attended the M4 Conference in Kansas City, where math leaders from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa met to discuss the Common Core Standards for Mathematics.  I was privileged to hear from Matt Larson the keynote speaker from Lincoln, Nebraska.  After humerously acknowledging that his state was one of the four who had, as of yet, not adopted the common core standards, Larson got right to work convincing us that the Common Core State Standards may be our last opportunity to get math education right!

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I Couldn't Have Said It Better

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Are You Prepared for the Common Core Standards?  This is the question posed in the latest edition of Education Week Teacher

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