1 09, 2020

How to Support Students in Owning Their Mathematics at Home

2020-09-04T23:02:55+00:00

In this article you will learn...

  • Mathematical thinking (metacognition) is crucial for mathematical success.
  • Teachers can support students to be mathematical thinkers, even when they are at home.
  • How to use a series of questions and sentence frames that push mathematical thinking and speaking skills.
How to Support Students in Owning Their Mathematics at Home2020-09-04T23:02:55+00:00
24 08, 2020

Building Math Metacognition in Three Easy Steps

2020-08-26T00:49:14+00:00

In this article, you will learn:

  • Why grade-level expectations for mathematics were intentionally designed with two types of standards: Standards for Mathematical Content and Standards for Mathematical Practice.
  • Building metacognition in math can be achieved when we understand and integrate the content and practice standards, determine the grade-level progressions of the practice standards, and support students to use these practices on a daily basis through direct conversations about math.
  • It is imperative that we teach our students to think like mathematicians by asking questions that foster metacognition and teach them to speak like mathematicians when making ownership statements that demonstrate that they are actively integrating both cognitive and metacognitive skills, both mathematical content and mathematical practice.
Building Math Metacognition in Three Easy Steps2020-08-26T00:49:14+00:00
17 08, 2020

Teaching Kids to Speak Like Mathematicians

2020-09-08T19:42:51+00:00

In this article, you will learn:

  • Language plays a critical role in learning mathematics.
  • Students are expected to use specialized vocabulary in mathematics.
  • The teacher’s role is to show students how to articulate their thinking using specialized vocabulary in mathematics.
  • Direct teaching of this specialized vocabulary and the use of sentence frames facilitate this process.
Teaching Kids to Speak Like Mathematicians2020-09-08T19:42:51+00:00
10 08, 2020

Teaching Kids to Think Like Mathematicians

2020-09-01T20:53:09+00:00

In this article, you will learn:

  • Providing students with questions to foster metacognition helps them expand their thinking, develop metacognitive skills, and become more aware of their own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Ownership statements help the student articulate their thinking—their metacognition—out loud. Over time students should be able to use these statements to clarify their conceptual understanding, computational fluency, and problem-solving skills.
  • The Questions to Foster Metacognition can be thought of as “what teachers should be saying”—or, more accurately, ideas teachers can use to support students’ metacognition in grade appropriate ways. These questions should be modeled by the teacher and then gradually handed over to the students themselves.
Teaching Kids to Think Like Mathematicians2020-09-01T20:53:09+00:00
3 08, 2020

The Mathematical Practices Are the Metacognition Our Kids Need

2020-08-26T00:52:55+00:00

In this article, you will learn:

  • Metacognition in the math classroom is essential for increasing student achievement in mathematics.
  • Fostering metacognition requires a balance of explicit instruction, teacher modeling, student-centered exploration, and responsive coaching that helps students first learn the kinds of questions and thought processes they can apply, and then grow to use them on their own.
  • Mathematics instruction must simultaneously develop conceptual understanding, computational fluency, and problem-solving skills and teaching the Standards for Mathematical Practice can support this development.
The Mathematical Practices Are the Metacognition Our Kids Need2020-08-26T00:52:55+00:00