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What Makes Math Intimidating for Teachers?

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Raising students’ math achievement doesn’t mean ripping up your planning book and starting over. In Accessible Mathematics Steven Leinwand shows how small shifts in the good teaching you already do can make a big difference in student learning. Thoroughly practical and ever-aware of the limits of teachers’ time, Steve gives you everything you need to put his commonsense ideas to use immediately.

In this video, Steve talks about the intimidation that mathematics gives teachers when they are accustomed to simply knowing how to get the right answer, and how to combat it. He states: "the issue of intimidation is a natural tension when you know you're being asked to do things that you're not prepared to do." 

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Why Math Can’t Simply Stop at an Answer

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Raising students’ math achievement doesn’t mean ripping up your planning book and starting over. In Accessible Mathematics Steven Leinwand shows how small shifts in the good teaching you already do can make a big difference in student learning. Thoroughly practical and ever-aware of the limits of teachers’ time, Steve gives you everything you need to put his commonsense ideas to use immediately.

In the following video, Steve explains why math cannot simply stop when we get an answer. We end up disregarding the students who got a different answer, or who got the same answer using a different method, or our teaching quality entirely. He states that acknowledging the different ways that students can get the same answer to a problem is "the essence of building depth of mathematical understanding."

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Five Reflections On Math Education From Steve Leinwand

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“The motivating force that makes educators so special is the understanding that taking the extra minute, going the extra mile, reaching out one additional time can, and often does, make the critical difference.” —Steve Leinwand

If you’ve ever heard Steve Leinwand speak, you know he is energetic and opinionated. More importantly, he is fiercely devoted to the best possible mathematics instruction for all students. In today’s blog, which is adapted from his bestselling book Sensible Mathematics, Steve reflects on what he’s learned that’s worthy of passing on to other educators.

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An Interview With Author Steve Leinwand: Part 2

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“As an administrator, I can't just talk about the instruction; I've got to model it. I think there's too much coaching from the back of the room.” —Steve Leinwand

If you’ve ever heard Steve Leinwand speak, you know he is energetic and opinionated. More importantly, he is fiercely devoted to the best possible mathematics instruction for all students. His two books, Accessible Mathematics and Sensible Mathematics, are bold and practical guides for shifting how we teach math in all grades. In the second of a two-part interview, we spoke with Steve about research trends, supporting teachers through coaching, and how to ensure students develop mathematical understanding.

If you missed the first part of this interview, click here to read it now.

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Steve Leinwand’s Best Online Math Resources

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“One of the most exciting things of all today is that you've got teachers posting things that are available to everyone. There's an immense amount of high quality resources available.” —Steve Leinwand

If you’ve ever had the privilege of hearing Steve Leinwand speak, you know he is energetic and opinionated. More importantly, he is fiercely devoted to the best possible mathematics instruction for all students. His two books, Accessible Mathematics and Sensible Mathematics, are both bold and practical guides for shifting how we teach math in all grades. In today’s blog, Steve shares his top online resources for improving math instruction.

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Steve Leinwand: Just Ask Them “Why?”

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“Consistently following up most answers with a request for an explanation conveys the powerful message that good mathematical thinking begins with an answer.” —Steve Leinwand

If you’ve ever heard Steve Leinwand speak, you know he is energetic and opinionated. More importantly, he is fiercely devoted to the best possible mathematics instruction for all students. In today’s blog, which is adapted from his bestselling book Accessible Mathematics, Steve talks about why he wants “Why?”, “How do you know?”, and “Can you explain?” to become mantras in all of our classrooms.

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