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May 17, 2021
5 Quick Tips to Enhance Your Live Online PD

I've both provided and attended a LOT of live online professional development opportunities in the past couple of years. Based on my experience as a presenter and a participant, here are my top 5 tips for enhancing the experience for everyone. These are little, easy to implement ideas, that can have a major impact. Keep […]

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May 10, 2021
How to Use Digital Math Tools With Your Students

Are you interested in where you can learn a bit more about How to Use Digital Math Tools With Your Students? I was recently interviewed by Dr. Monica Burns for an episode of her Easy EdTech Podcast. Here’s the description of the episode: What role does technology play in your math classroom? In this episode, […]

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April 11, 2021
Motivation Matters in Mathematics

Research shows that students are more successful in Mathematics when motivation is considered. In the study Adding It Up by the National Research Council, five strands are identified as critical to mathematical proficiency. One of these five strands, and arguably the most important, is productive disposition. This strand helps student to develop and engage with […]

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March 14, 2021
Building Fact Fluency in Mathematics

Fact fluency continues to be a struggle in schools and classrooms. Part of the issue is not knowing the 'why' behind fact fluency, followed by not knowing the 'what' or 'how.' In my post on Starting with Why we dug into the importance of having clarity of the goal and communicating the purpose of what […]

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February 17, 2021
Which One Doesn't Belong (WODB)

What? Which One Doesn't Belong (WODB) is an instructional routine to help students deepen their mathematical thinking and build a growth mindset. Why? 1. Math Practice 3 The various state content standards are WHAT we teach in math and the Standards of Mathematical practice are HOW we teach math. These practices are based in research […]

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January 22, 2021
Start with Why

Simon Sinek wrote an amazing book called Start with Why, which goes into how great leaders inspire everyone to take action. He speaks about corporate implications of starting with why mostly. Let's visit this topic through the lens of education. Why am I bringing this up in terms of education (see what I did there […]

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January 11, 2021
Making Math Fun Again! Parent Webinar

Let's Make Math Fun-Tastic! Math can be a particularly scary subject for many. Given the performance and test-driven culture of our schools, with over-packed curriculum and stressed out students, what can parents do to transform math for their children? How can we strip away the anxiety and make math fun again? Families can increase math […]

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January 5, 2021
Virtual Math Camp

Extra math practice has never been this much fun! Growing Minds Consulting is excited to offer another virtual math camp in the Winter of 2021. These sessions are intended for students in grades 3-5 who would enjoy and/or benefit from additional practice with mathematics to improve their conceptual understanding and numerical fluency. We will use […]

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November 4, 2020
Having Standards is NOT the Same as Standardization

The Standards Parents, educators and students alike have demonized the standards. Parents took to social media to advertise their frustration with "the new standards" when Common Core State Standards were released. Consider this though, standards in and of themselves are not inherently bad. Having high standards for our schools and our children is a good […]

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October 17, 2020
Women's Flat Track Roller Derby: Universal by Design

True inclusion happens by intentional design, not by happenstance or luck. From it's inception, the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) set out to be inclusive. It has anti-racist policies as an organization and is inclusive of different gender identities. In fact, any person who does not actively identify as a male is able to […]

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October 14, 2020
Show Me The Numbers

What? 'Show Me The Numbers' is game based on an evidence-based strategy called Number Representations. This is a game that I use in my virtual math camps as well as in parent trainings and teacher professional learning opportunities.  Why? Show Me The Numbers is so much fun for students. When students are having fun engaging […]

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September 13, 2020
Splat! Math

Steve Wyborney has come up with one of my favorite math strategies and made it available for free on his blog - Steve Wyborney's Blog: I'm on a Learning Mission. The Splat! Strategy is a highly interactive number sense strategy that can be used at all grade levels. I'm a big fan of starting with […]

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August 30, 2020
Flexible Seating for eLearning

If your kids are anything like mine, long hours of synchronous instruction in eLearning can be a struggle. Flexible seating is a strategy that teachers have begun using in classrooms over the last several years that can be an easy crossover into eLearning from home. "When isolated from other measured factors, classroom flexibility is about […]

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August 26, 2020
The Three Reads Strategy

The Three Reads Strategy is an instructional routine that helps students to read like a mathematician. Why? 3 Reads increases receptive language among this students. This is critical for all students, especially students with language impairments, those who are deaf or hard of hearing and English language learners. Receptive language is our ability to interpret […]

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August 16, 2020
You Do You: Establishing Instructor Presence

So school is starting back up all over the country and many districts have opted for fully online or blended learning. Some of the most prevalent barriers to online learning include developing relationships, making learning personal and increasing or sustaining student engagement. Let's talk about one way to minimize or eliminate these barriers to learning: […]

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July 26, 2020
Increasing Engagement in Online Learning

Affect represents a crucial element to learning, and learners differ markedly in the ways in which they can be engaged or motivated to learn. In reality, there is not one means of engagement that will be optimal for all learners in all contexts; providing multiple options for engagement is essential. Join Naomi Church as we […]

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June 17, 2020
The Family Cafe 2020

Since 1998, The Annual Family Cafe has brought together thousands of individuals with disabilities and their family members for three days of information, training and networking each June. With a great range of individual breakout sessions, a packed Exhibit Hall with dozens of vendors, and a series of special events including Keynote speakers and The Governors’ Summit […]

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June 11, 2020
Free Math Professional Learning Opportunities

Some amazing research has come out in the last 10 years or so in the area of Mathematics. It can be difficult to keep up by reading books and articles. There are some great virtual professional development opportunities currently available in the area of Mathematics education. Here's some of my favorites that you should fully […]

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June 10, 2020
Why Common Core Math Has a Bad Rap...But Shouldn't

You may have seen memes like this one floating around social media since distance learning began a few months ago and parents were forced into a more active role in their children's Mathematics education. While these may give us a good chuckle, it is important for parents to understand Common Core Mathematics and why their […]

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April 13, 2020
Universal Design for Learning in the Digital Classroom Recorded Webinar

Resources: Links: Katie Novak's Website UDL Guidelines from CAST My post on Universally Designed Remote Learning What is UDL? From

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April 5, 2020
Universally Designed Remote Learning

There is so much to this topic that not one blog post or one webinar can cover it all. At it's core Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strives to eliminate barriers to learning. In order to eliminate barriers and be proactive, we first need to identify them. Identifying barriers to remote learning during this time […]

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