How Do You Get Students Fired Up about Fractions? Reinvent Math Class

Chalkbeat New York

Now in its second year, the New York City Math Lab gives educators the opportunity to learn from each other and share ways to engage students through the Common Core. “If you have an underlying understanding of operations and the number system, you can build on that to answer other sorts of questions,” explains Kim Van Duzer, a teacher at Brooklyn’s P.S. 29 who co-founded the lab program along with Peter Cipparone and Kate Abell. The sessions build on “how to elicit students’ thinking or how to get them to respond to each other,” adds a colleague. Math Lab represents one of the many ways educators are sharing ideas to unlock student potential and to engage students and parents. A Collaborative “math check” notes that the Common Core’s approach to math instruction helps students build strong foundational skills necessary to succeed at high levels of learning.

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