Teachers Can't Read Minds!

Image by Freekz0r via Flickr Every year I stand in front of a group of new fourth or fifth grade students and face the most challenging teaching task I’ve ever had: training them to be telepathic. I always begin with a magic trick. Each student chooses...

Vocabulary for Developing Math Reasoning

Image via Wikipedia Teachers of mathematics need to recognize that there is a strong link between language, writing, and problem solving. In most of the assessments that states use to determine student and school success, a student must demonstrate math...

Questioning for Thinking

One of the things that I frequently see in classrooms that I visit is students who can mechanically produce an answer to a question or problem but who don’t really understand how or why the process they used works. As teachers, we need to focus more on...