Category Archives: Teaching mathematics

How to orchestrate a mathematically productive class discussion

Show and tell activity (aka lecture method) may work for some but never in a mathematics class. Getting students to explain and ask questions are nice but only when the explanation and the questions are mathematical. Reasoning and justifying are good habits of mind but they are only productive if they are based on mathematical… Read More »

Three ways to teach math algorithms or procedures

It is a bunch of procedures. That’s how people perceive algorithms are. And they are right. Algorithm has been defined as 1) “step-by-step procedures that are carried out routinely”; 2) “a precisely-defined sequence of rules telling how to produce specified output information from given input information in a finite number of steps”. It is no… Read More »

Guest Post: 4 Awesome Kids’ Math Games

If you’re a math teacher and are looking for fun ways to motivate your class or lighten the atmosphere, here are some great kids’ math games to help you along. Needless to say, the kids are definitely going to love them! Fun Kids’ Math Games – Fun Classroom Ideas for Teachers 1. Simple Mental Math… Read More »

Math Knowledge for Teaching

The mathematics that engineers, accountants, etc and teachers of mathematics know are different. They should be. There are some engineers, accountants, chemists, etc who become very good mathematics teachers but I’m sure it is not because they have ‘math knowledge for engineering’ for example but because they were able to convert that knowledge to ‘math… Read More »

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