Shawn Hershey

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Strategies versus Models: Why This Is Important

Take a look at these anchor charts that came up on my Pinterest suggestions today:<p><p>What’s wrong you ask? These are excellent examples where teachers …

Teaching

The Importance of Contexts and Visuals

My wife Anne-Marie isn’t always impressed when I talk about mathematics, especially when I ask her to try something out for me, but on occasion I can …

Mathematics

Strategies vs Models

Earlier this week Pam Harris wrote a thought-provoking article called “Strategies Versus Models: why this is important”. If you haven’t already read …

Teaching

Zukei Puzzles

A little more than a year ago now, Sarah Carter shared a set of Japanese puzzles called Zukei Puzzles (see her original post here or access her …

Puzzles

From Experimental to Theoretical Probability

Probability is an interesting topic. Really, it’s different from most mathematics our students learn. It’s the only topic in K-8 mathematics that …

The Illustrative Mathematics Team Reflect on the 5 Practices

The entire Illustrative Mathematics team spends a lot of time reading about teaching and learning. Most recently, we have been reading—some of us …

How Student identify Geometrical Concepts at various grade levels?

Math Geometry is the wealth of various disciplines like engineering, physics, design, architecture and lot more. Geometry being one of the important …

How To “Complete the Square” Visually

and the Trouble with Memorization<p>There’s this notion that gets thrown around that the gifted can <b>see past the numbers</b><i>.</i> That things hidden to the …

On The Importance of Mathematical Content Knowledge for Teaching

As Bob Dylan sang,<p>“I must know my song well/before I start singing.”<p>So for musicians, as it is for teachers. Just stepping up and “winging it” when …

Mathematics

This is why that stupid way to multiply isn't so stupid after all

High school math teacher Joe Howard wrote to me about his latest video. He said:<p>A recent video has been circulating of a 4th grade teacher showing a …

The Back and Forth Between Procedural Knowledge and Conceptual Understanding

“Procedural skill” and “conceptual understanding” are typically set off each other as polar opposites. We have a perceived dichotomy in the …

Targeted Instruction

The other day I was asked about my opinion about something called <b>entrance slips</b>. Curious about their thoughts first, I asked a few question that …

Pedagogy

Co-Teaching in Math Class

For the past few years I have had the privilege of being an instructional coach working with amazing teachers in amazing schools. It is hard to …

Teaching

Pick a Quote

Seems to me that many schools and districts are asking questions about assessment in mathematics. So, I thought I would share a few quotes that might …

Mathematics

Which Comes First in the Fall? Norms or Tasks?

<b>(Reblogged from the Stenhouse summer blogstitute. If you haven’t checked it out yet, take a peek–lots of authors wrote posts!)</b><p>I periodically hear …

Teaching

Returning to Patty Paper Geometry

I had a busy week at work last week and didn’t plan ahead for today’s Family Math. Luckily we’ve got plenty of math books laying around and the boys …

Demonstration

Differentiated Instruction: comparing 2 subjects

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to meet the various needs of students in our classrooms lately. If we think about it, we are REALLY good at …

Pedagogy

Challenging the status quo in mathematics: Teaching for understanding

Despite decades of reform efforts, mathematics teaching in the U.S. has changed little in the last century. As a result, it seems, American students …

Pedagogy

Concept vs Procedure: An anecdote about what it means to be good at math

A grade 5 teacher approached me asking if we could plan for a lesson toward the end of her unit on multiplication. To start, we grabbed our …

Teaching

Algebraic Expressions Spiders

Spiders

How to sabotage your classroom culture in 5 seconds

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson<p>Since the first day of school, I’ve been working hard to try to …

Why Does Depth of Knowledge Matter?

I’ll be honest with you: I remember first learning about Bloom’s Taxonomy when I was getting my teaching credential but I never really thought it was …

Give Tasks That Promote Struggle And Growth

Growth Mindset<p>Learn from Jo Boaler about how opening up a math task can promote a focus on growth, and see how to turn closed math tasks into open …

In the News

Jo Boaler is one of the top 10 most influential scholars in education in this annual American Enterprise Institute survey.<p>An article in KQED’s …

Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions

By Eduardo BriceñoA growth mindset is the understanding that personal qualities and abilities can change. It leads people to take on challenges, …

Pedagogy

How to Learn Math For Teachers | Stanford Center for Professional Development

The course comprises 8 sessions, each with videos and activities that require approximately 1.5 to 3 hours to complete. The course focuses on the …

Pedagogy

Who makes the biggest impact?

A few years ago I had the opportunity to listen to Damian Cooper (expert on assessment and evaluation here in Ontario). He shared with us an analogy …

Teaching

So you want your students to have a Growth Mindset?

There has been much talk about Growth Mindset the past few years. Many teachers recognize that there are a lot of students who exhibit a fixed …

Pedagogy

Is it enough for teachers to have a growth mindset?

New research suggests that what teachers actually <b>do</b> in the classroom is more important than their <b>beliefs</b> when it comes to helping students develop a …