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Why Math?

Make math meaningful by using numeracy to frame the economic, public policy, and global issues that your students are likely to face as adults.

Mathematical Habits of Mind

In math (and all STEM subjects), we should encourage a mindset in which students know what to do when they don't know what to do.

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4 Tips for Writing in the Math Classroom

Writing is a universal thread that can unite all content areas. Check out these four tips to help bring writing into your math curriculum.

14 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom

Monica Burns presents a wealth of iPad apps to transform daily math lessons for elementary students.

How to Teach Kids About Factoring a Polynomial

Jose Vilson challenges the frequently taught method for factoring polynomials with an example that demonstrates why he's such a highly regarded middle school math teacher.

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The Great Gingerbread House Project

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Teaching High-Level Math to Young Students

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Ditching the Math Textbook

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Math Methods Pinterest Board

Visit a curated collection of resources related to teaching math on Edutopia's pinboard on Pinterest: ideas, blog posts, tips, and more.

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Study: The Neuroscience Behind Exercise and Math Ability

Neuroscience research sheds light on how exercise can boost math ability.

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Kids build houses out of graham crackers in the author’s class.
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The Great Gingerbread House Project

Keeping fourth graders engaged in math in the run-up to winter break is easier with this sweet project.

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Middle school students discuss math problems written on a blackboard.
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Teaching High-Level Math to Young Students

Middle school students worked through problems beyond their grade level when the teacher didn’t tell them it was high school math.

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Smiling young students have a discussion in class.
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Ditching the Math Textbook

Using music and seeking out math in the real world are two options to pursue when you set aside your textbook.

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A teacher uses counting blocks with two young students.
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More Talking in Math Class, Please

Talking about math helps elementary students deepen their understanding. Use these three tips to get the conversation started.

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Two students work together on a math problem on a whiteboard.
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Building a Thinking Classroom in Math

Over more than a decade, the author has developed a 14-point plan for encouraging students to engage deeply with math content.

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Girls play a math game on their iPads.
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Building a Sense of Community—With Math

MathMobs are friendly competitions that tap into students’ motivation to play to engage them in math.

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A girl plays hopscotch, unconsciously drawing on natural math capabilities.
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The Brain Is Wired for Math—Sort Of

Symbolic math can be hard to grasp, so we have tips to help you build on the natural math sense your kids already have.

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A girl looks at a math app on a tablet screen.
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Using Math Apps to Increase Understanding

These 10 free or low-cost apps turn learning math into a game.

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9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

Keep your high school math students engaged with these techniques.

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22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

Look through the door of one classroom and you might see the students hunched over, not engaged, even frowning. Look through the door of another classroom, and you might see a room full of lively students, eager, engaged and participating. What is the second...

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7 Classroom Resources for Pi Day

In this collection, Matt Davis rounds up a few favorite Pi Day resources for teachers.

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14 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns presents a wealth of iPad apps to transform daily math lessons for elementary students.

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Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

Minecraft is no longer a new tool in the field of game-based learning. Because Minecraft has such open possibilities and potential, teachers have been experimenting with different ways to use it in the classroom for a while now to teach math concepts like...

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Games to Teach Financial Literacy

Andrew Miller, Edutopia's resident advocate for game-based learning, teams up with financial literacy expert Brian Page to look at some friendly, engaging options to promote financial literacy among students.

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