September 2017

Changing the Equation: Tech + Student Agency = Higher Math Engagement


This week we have another guest blog post from Andrea Ferrero the co-founder of Pockets Change.

Do you love, hate, or fear math? We each find a sense of belonging in one of these discrete sets. Our choice of which set to join also tends to directly define our level of engagement with the subject.

I chose to love math in third grade. It was a difficult decision that came down to two distinct mathematical experiences. The first was being the only third grader in my class to fail the timed multiplication test which was done round-robin style in front of everyone. The second was my dad teaching me open-ended math problems on napkins over pizza. I’m sure you can guess which one led to a love of the subject. Yet, sadly, much of the math instruction happening in classrooms is not far from my experience in third grade. It’s focused on performance, speed, and set procedures. Each time we plan a lesson or pick out a new tool, we have the incredible opportunity to reimagine math and empower students to choose to love the subject.

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G Suite gives Littles a platform to create and share


Today we have a guest blog post from Christine Pinto, a Kindergarten teacher for Arcadia Unified in Southern California and the founder of the hashtag #GAfE4Littles. As an advocate for the CAN mindset and believer in empowering students to be creative critical thinkers, we've partnered with Christine to share how Google tools can be used to support little learners.

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