Rusty Bresser2 days ago5 minHow Much is a Thousand? A Million? A Billion?Investigating Large Numbers Through InquiryGrasping the magnitude of large numbers isn’t easy, yet we expect our students to understand really big numbers early on.

Rusty BresserApr 135 minTeaching What It Means to MeasureGiving students a measuring task and asking them to think about decisions they have to make when measuring puts them in the driver's seat.

Rusty BresserMar 246 minMath Guessing Games…Kids Love Them!When students play math guessing games, children begin to use the important problem solving skill of guessing and checking.

Rusty BresserMar 34 minNumber Strings: A Different Kind of Number TalkThere are benefits to strategically and intentionally crafting Number Strings so that students can develop big ideas.

Rusty BresserFeb 97 minUsing Dice Games to Develop Math Reasoning and Computational FluencyDice games are great for developing math reasoning skills and computational fluency, and can launch explorations about probability.

Rusty BresserJan 273 minTEN TIMES BETTERWhen I want to use children’s literature to teach math, I look for books with unforgettable characters, colorful language, and rich images.

Rusty BresserJan 124 minHelping Students Become Better Listeners During Math Class:Listening is so important in math class, but it is so difficult for students (and adults!).

Rusty BresserJan 54 minA Picture Can Elicit a Thousand Words: Using the IM Talking Math Slide Deck, for Grades TK-Grade 5For teachers who are teaching virtually or face-to-face, this resource makes for a perfect math warm up or routine.

Rusty BresserDec 15, 20203 minA Million Fish….More or LessThe lesson challenged the students to ask one of the most important questions they can ask in math class, “Does this make sense?"

Rusty BresserDec 8, 20204 minBlowing Bubbles to Learn About Math and ScienceA student spontaneously told the class, “This is the best math and science lesson I’ve ever done!” That’s enough to make any teacher smile.

Rusty BresserOct 15, 20207 minYou Want to Engage Your Students? Play Card Games!We explore card games across the grade levels that are easy to implement whether you are teaching remotely or face to face.

Rusty BresserSep 15, 20205 minMorning Meeting Online: Zooming with Second and Third GradersHaving a specific time to practice communication skills is essential in online environments where distractions at home can inhibit learning.

Rusty BresserSep 8, 20206 minSupporting English Language Learners During Distance LearningEven in face-to-face environments, our English learners face a triple challenge in math class.

Andrea BarraughSep 1, 20209 minBuilding a Classroom Math Community Online: Part 2A few principles underlie the successes we saw in online classes: take your time, keep it simple, and value relationships over everything.

Andrea BarraughAug 28, 20207 minDeveloping a Math Community in Your Virtual ClassroomWe hope this collection of activities will support you in building your virtual math community.

Rusty BresserAug 5, 202011 minTeaching About Time Online: Leveraging Students’ At-Home Resources Learning about time is an interesting context for developing an array of skills, as well as providing a model for thinking about fractions.

Rusty BresserJul 21, 20206 minUsing Children’s Literature to Launch the School YearWe can see how a good story has the power to motivate, engage, and bring meaning to mathematics.

Rusty BresserJul 14, 20207 minTeaching Math for Understanding During Covid-19We explore what it means to understand a math concept, show examples of what understanding looks like, and share tips from local teachers.

Andrea BarraughJul 8, 20209 minHow Can We Adapt Number Talks for Distance Learning? Insights from Richie MorenoNumber talks are an essential classroom practice and, with a few adaptations, can be facilitated in-person, online, and asynchronously.

Rusty BresserJul 1, 20205 minWhat Makes a Good Math Assessment Question?A good math assessment question provides opportunities for students to demonstrate conceptual understanding.