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SMP #1: Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them

By Sue O’Connell (@SueOConnellMath), author of Putting the Practices Into Action.

It seems ironic that the first Standard for Mathematical Practice focuses on problem solving. When I was a student, math problem solving seemed to be an afterthought. Problems were at the bottom of the textbook page or at the end of a lesson. My perception was that math was about computation. Most of my time was spent memorizing facts and algorithms and solving for the right answer. Thank goodness, then, that we have revised our goals for today’s students. While I do hope they can find the answers to math computations, I know they can accomplish so much more. With guidance from the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice, we focus on ways to help our students develop the skills needed to be proficient mathematicians who solve problems.

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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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An Interview With Author Steve Leinwand: Part 1

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“I think the most serious missing piece in all the math I observe is that it stops at 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. His two books, Accessible Mathematics and Sensible Mathematics, are bold and practical guides for shifting how we teach math in all grades. In the first of a two-part interview, we spoke with Steve about math education today, shifts he’d like to see more math teachers make, and the power of video for improving instruction.

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