Uncovering the Math Curriculum
Too often, mathematics instruction gives students the erroneous notion that learning math is all about learning procedures, rather than making sense of ideas.
Go Figure: Math and the Common Core
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice will require teachers to strengthen students’ numerical reasoning and mental math skills.
Looking at How Students Reason
Mathematics teachers gain a wealth of information by delving into the thinking behind students’ answers, not just when answers are wrong but also when they are correct.
3 Lessons by Marilyn Burns: Using Storybooks to Teach Math
For many of us, the storybook shelf isn’t the first place we go to when we start to plan a math lesson. But children’s books can be a great math teaching tool.
Marilyn Burns Talks About Today’s Classroom
In this series of three articles, developed from an interview, Marilyn Burns shares her ideas about helping children learn in the math classroom; talks about how teachers can learn to really understand mathematics; and suggest ways to help parents understand the role of the NCTM Standards in the classroom.
Teaching Arithmetic: Lessons for Extending Multiplication, Chapter 4, Silent Multiplication
In this chapter, Maryann Wickett and I describe a lesson that engages students in exploring patterns with factors and products. The word Silent in the title identifies the teaching method we used for the lesson described in the chapter.
Can I Balance Arithmetic Instruction with Real-Life Math?
Marilyn outlines why it’s important to teach arithmetic and shows you how to match what you’re teaching with children’s real-world needs.
Arithmetic: The Last Holdout
Ms. Burns urges mathematics teachers to stop teaching standard algorithms and to start having children invent their own methods. She also explores, along the way, some of the ramifications of this major change in arithmetic instruction.