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Description: Blog by a teacher who "was appalled to be handed a math book in which all instruction was whole group," and who subsequently "went on a mission to change and move beyond that traditional model of math in the elementary classroom." Subtitled "Fostering conceptual understanding with projects and rigorous problem solving," Beyond Traditional Math features classroom projects and reflections on how to make math "more real world," as well as how the author's practices have changed. Posts, which date back to August, 2013, have included "The Trouble With Learning Math Facts," "The Float Challenge," "Raising Rigor for the Smarter Balanced Assessment," "Let Them Struggle: Raise The Bar In Elementary Mathematics," "Worksheets Aren't ALL Bad: 5 Tips for Improving Their Practice," "3 Tips For New Teachers to Create an Optimal Math Environment," "Pre-Algebraic Thinking for Elementary Students," "Intentionally Make Mistakes as a Learning Tool," "Things That Come in Halves and Quarters: The Real World Connection," "Discovering Numerator and Denominator with a Pan of Brownies," "3 Hands On Earth Day Activities that Integrate Math," "Earth Day Water Pollution Activity: A Cross Curricular Inquiry Study," "Real Life Examples of Geometry," "Sometimes They Explain It Better Than You," and "Third Graders are Googling the Answers to Math Assignments?"

Levels: Elementary
Languages: English
Resource Types: Graphics, Manipulatives, Lesson Plans and Activities, Problems/Puzzles, Web-Based Discussions
Math Topics: Arithmetic/Early Math, Euclidean Plane Geometry, Applications/Connections
Math Ed Topics: Assessment/Testing, Grouping/Cooperative Learning, Problem-Solving, Materials-Reviews/Recommendations, Activities, Specific Math Concepts/Techniques

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