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Common Core-Aligned Math Lesson Plans Across Every Grade and Subject


Great news for teachers! Hundreds of award-winning, Common Core-aligned instructional videos and lesson plans are now available for free. Don’t miss the opportunity to access these incredible resources!

These videos show master teachers implementing nearly every math standard in the Common Core and come with lesson plans for use in your own classroom—all courtesy of Common Core 360, an online professional development platform used by more than a million teachers across the world.

Click on the links below to watch these talented math teachers implement the Common Core in their classrooms:

Elementary Math Common Core Lesson
Ms. Stafford’s kindergarten math lesson:
Decomposing the Number 5, Math Standards MP.1, 7, & 8

Secondary Math Common Core Lesson
Ms. Parham's understanding linear equations lesson:
11th Grade Math Standards MP.2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7


School Improvement Network

From Minds on Mathematics

Share your idea and win $1,000

Posted: 17 Apr 2014 05:35 AM PDT


In a world increasingly shaped by science and technology, STEM education has never been more critical. If America is to meet the challenges of the 21st century, we must STEMtheGAP™ in science, technology, engineering, and mathematical education.

Who better to turn to for new ideas than you—the teachers in America’s classrooms?

Share your best ideas for improving STEM education.

The Center for Science of Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and Dow have come together to support STEM education in our schools. STEM education is absolutely vital for our children and our future. We need to encourage children to pursue science, technology, engineering and math related fields. Our real challenge lies in how to achieve our goal of improving STEM education.

We would like to introduce the STEM THE GAP Teacher Challenge. Teachers of all fields are invited to submit their ideas for increasing STEM education in the classroom. The top 25 entries will earn a $1,000 grant to be used in the classroom!

Submit an entry by May 16, 2014.

Elementary mathematics specialists work as teachers, teacher leaders, or coaches and support effective mathematics instruction and student learning at the classroom, school, district, or state levels.
The purpose of this scholarship program is to provide support to teachers in their development as elementary mathematics specialists. Winners receive $1,000 to enhance their knowledge, teaching, and leadership by enrolling in university coursework that will result in becoming a certified mathematics specialist.

Learn more and apply
Deadline June 1

The scholarships were created by The Math Learning Center in collaboration with the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE).

Rick Ludeman is president of MLC.

April is Math Awareness Month so I thought 180 Days of Ideas for Discussion would be a great way to celebrate!

We want to promote mathematical discourse and why not use these ideas to get that discourse going.

How about this:

If an odd plus an odd is an even, then what about 1.5 + 1.5?

If it ends in an odd digit, shouldn't it be an odd number?


Or how about this:

Which do you think works better?

"Decimals are a subset of fractions." OR "Fractions are a subset of decimals."

Fractions are a subset of decimals. Always true, sometimes true, or never?


For the rest of the 180 Days of Ideas for Discussion - MathArguments180.com

Summer Professional Development

Join NCTM in San Diego or Chicago for summer professional development opportunities. Whether you are an experienced classroom teacher or just beginning your career, NCTM's Interactive Institutes will provide the instructional strategies and high-quality professional development you need to successfully implement CCSSM in the classroom.


Institutes will be held from July through August and include:

Algebra Readiness for Every Student (Grades 6-8)

Connecting Number and Operations in the Classroom(Grades Pre-K-5

Engaging Students in Learning: Mathematical Practices and Process Standards (Grades 9-12).

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I thought on this snowy day in South Dakota that I needed to share a wonderful math video. This is something for your enjoyment or you could even start your math class with this. The students would love it also. I would hope I got this little guy in my class. He is ready to learn!


Kid calls 911 for help with homework - funny video - math problem - YouTube

2014 NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition

2014 Annual Meeting 590

April 9-12, 2014 • New Orleans
More than 700 Sessions on the Common Core, Technology Assessment, and More!

The Nation’s Premier Math Education Event!

At the 2014 NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition in historic New Orleans, you’ll connect with thousands of mathematics education professionals and discover the BIG IDEAS that are working.

Choose from hundreds of sessions and leave with fresh strategies that you will put to immediate use in the classroom:

• Learn practices central to teaching to the Common Core State Standards.

• Gain practical solutions to transform your classroom into an environment rich in problem solving.

• Discover new and effective methods to incorporate technology in the classroom.

• Get answers to pivotal questions and concerns of new and soon-to-be teachers.

• Connect with thousands of professionals and focus on essential topics and the latest trends in mathematics education.


Register today.

Division and Multiplication of Whole Numbers MOOC-Ed


  • How do children move beyond the notion that "multiplication is repeated addition" (MIRA)?
  • What mathematical distinctions do students make when reasoning with multiple contexts for multiplication and division?


TurnOnCCMath will soon take up these and other questions with its next free, Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed).

"Division and Multiplication of Whole Numbers: Bridging to Fraction Understanding" will explore how students begin to recognize contextual problems and model with multiplication and division problems, properties, and number facts. Along the way, the MOOC-Ed will identify "where some of the key misconceptions are hiding."

Open to elementary and middle grades educators seeking to understand student multiplicative reasoning, this free MOOC-Ed runs through early May. Even though it begins today, Monday, March 17, registration for this self-directed course will stay open through Monday, March 31. REGISTER NOW.

Four Great Resources For Math Teachers, Now Free

From our friends at the Shell Centre:

The aim of Shell Centre Publications has always been to ensure that a number of seminal works in the field of mathematical education remained available. We have now reached the point where our most popular items are out of stock, and have come to the decision that it is time to stop storing and selling physical books. Digital distribution is the best way to keep these works available, so in the coming months, we will be making many of the publications on our list available, for free, as PDF downloads.

These books are just great. The Language of Functions and Graphs, in particular, has a couple of career's worth of great activities, lesson plans, and essays on teaching functions. Highly recommended.

[via Michael Pershan]

These five apps can help middle school students learn math skills such as geometry, estimation, and simple algebra


These math app reviews come from Common Sense Media and its free Graphite service.

Five apps for boosting middle school math skills | eSchool News | eSchool News , courtesy of Common Sense Media and its new Graphite service—a free database of teacher-written reviews of learning technologies.

The apps include: (Pros, Cons, and full reviews are provided at the site above)

  • Slice It!
  • Questimate!
  • Algebra Touch
  • DragonBox+Algebra
  • Motion Math: Pizza

Lily Jones from Teaching Channel has shared her insight and videos to support mathematical thinking. Lily taught K-1 for seven years in Northern California. She has experience as a curriculum developer, instructional coach, teacher trainer, and is also a contributing writer for Teaching Channel.

She states:

Back in July, Teaching Channel released a video series produced with the American Federation of Teachers showing how the Common Core math practice standards progress across the grades. This series is one of my favorites; in each classroom we watch students collaborating, explaining their reasoning, testing their ideas, and enjoying the problem-solving process.

If you’re like me, as you watch these videos, you will find yourself wondering how the teachers got their students to this point. What had happened to help students become independent problem solvers who could apply math to real life? Of course there must have been tons of rich math instruction, practice, guidance, and modeling. But there is something else going on in these classrooms — each teacher established routines and norms that support students to develop critical thinking skills.

For more information from Lily and to watch the videos, you may visit Strategies To Support Mathematical Thinking.

I invite you to visit http://nctm.org and see what is happening as far as changing how students learn about math in the middle grades. NCTM is one of our partners providing some of the most outstanding resources for mathematics K-12 through their Illuminations.nctm.org site. You can also visit their main site to see some of the most recent research and conversations taking place related to the common core standards and standards for mathematical practice.


One of the most recent items for middle grades is the Blogarithm. I love their heading for their first post -

The 2° th post


I am pulling one paragraph from this blogarithm to peak your interest:


This weird bootstrapping thing happened. Students—

  1. started with a definition (exponentiation as repeated multiplication)
  2. discovered a rule and justified that it had to always work, based on this definition (addition/subtraction rule of exponents)
  3. generalized the rule to a new domain on which the definition, and hence the justification, does not even make sense (0 and negative integer exponents)
  4. created new mathematical objects (0 and negative integer exponents), defining the old thing on this new domain. The new definition didn’t logically have to be that way; it’s just nice for it to be that way because it continues the rule we’ve gotten fond of.

This bootstrapping thing shows a big difference between two kinds of arguments that can show up in the math classroom as students engage in Practice 3: “This claim must be true based on this other thing we know” vs. “We ought to define this new thing in this way because then it allows us to generalize a rule we like.”


I am going to share this site with all middle school math teachers. This may help with the shift to the Standards for Mathematical Practice as a way for students to not only do the math, but also understand the how, when, and why of the procedure.

From Minds on Mathematics today:

Free ratio and proportion lessons for Grades 6-7

Looking for some lessons to supplement your textbook?

Are some of your students struggling with ratio and proportions?

Download 3 free lessons from It's All Relative. These lessons have been designed to address key misconceptions sixth and seventh graders have about ratio and proportion and to help develop deep conceptual understanding.

Check them out today.



If you are looking for a way to engage your students in real world learning, then this is a great resource for you. Kristine Nannini has created the March Madness Basketball Tournament Math Project and its aligned to the Common Core. This is a cost item but for the minimal price of $5.00 available through TeachersPayTeachers. 


If you would like more from Kristine Nannini, you can visit her blogspot - www.youngteacherlove.blogspot.com.


While attending the South Dakota Math and Science Conference, I had the opportunity to attend a great session focused on our struggling students and how to help them achieve. I am sharing with the hope that you will also find the information valuable and begin thinking about this for your struggling students.


Sharon Rendon, MS/HS Math Coordinator, in Rapid City, South Dakota and Bjorg Remmers-Seymour, math teacher working with at risk students in Rapid City Schools, Rapid City, South Dakota provided the following information:


Struggling Learners Find Success in First Year Algebra

Bjorg is using the following content and strategies with the assistance of Sharon Rendon, math coordinator:


Agile Mind-Intensified Algebra -

  • HS algebra designed for students 2 years behind in math content
  • For students missing the middle school content
  • This is a time to fix the broken pieces from the past
  • Extended time – 70 minute class period – you need to have this amount – no less
  • Every unit has 3 parts – math/mindset/math
  • First 2 weeks are spent setting the culture of the classroom
  • The missing Middle School pieces are embedded within the HS standards
  • Mindset – you can grow your mind – some may call this fluff but it is carefully designed ways to motivate growth
  • Never assume they know things – how to listen, how to say I don’t understand, remove the coping habits they have built

Process for empowering student with a failure mindset to be successful:

  • How your brain works and grows
  • Applying effort consistently
  • Metacognition
  • How learning feels and confusion is a part of learning
  • Motivation
  • Communication in a learning community

Help students see their growth – remember when we did this at the beginning and now look where we are!

Format of the day:

  • Lesson
  • Core activity
  • Your mindset – how learning math feels
  • Confusion – talk about this – normal part of learning



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