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Donna Boucher (Math Coach's Corner)
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Attended Choctawhatchee High School
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Earth Day Freebie
It's a big weekend here on my blog!  Over the next couple of days, I'm migrating to a redesigned WordPress format.  It's exciting, and I think you'll love the new look.  There might be a few glitches as the transition takes place, so please give me some gra...
Number sense means children can play with numbers and represent them in many different ways. Grab this Earth Day freebie for exploring multiple representations of numbers to 120.
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What Makes a Teacher Outstanding?
Tonight I'm asking you to help me write a blog post.  We have all read or heard the research that states that teacher quality is the single most important factor in student success.  Not class size, not resources, not even socioeconomic factors.  Teacher qu...
If teacher quality is the number one factor in student success, then what characteristics should we be looking for in teachers?
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Rebranding "Showing Work"
Marketers know that a product's brand is everything.  If a product is not selling to its potential, one solution is often to tweak the brand, or "rebrand" the product.  Kentucky Fried Chicken changed their branding to KFC to de-emphasize 'fried chicken" and...
If we want students to document their mathematical thinking, we have to stop telling them to "show your work".
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What I'm Reading...Intentional Talk
"When we press beyond procedural explanations into explanations that include reasoning, we are supporting students in justifying their ideas." Intentional Talk (Kazemi/Hintz) When you are planning instruction, how often do you consider the sound  of your ma...
In Intentional Talk, authors Kazemi and Hintz provide practical ideas for implementing productive talk in the mathematics classroom.
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Engaging Games for Composing and Decomposing Numbers
After spending several weeks exploring number bonds , this week I've been working with my firsties on the combinations for 5.  This has been such a fun week as we used three highly engaging activities to practice combinations. On Friday, I asked the kiddos ...
Knowing the combinations for the numbers to ten is an essential component of computational fluency. These engaging math games make practicing fun!
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Concrete learning is so important for conceptual understanding, but it must also be connected to the abstract.
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Developing Fraction Sense
The Problem It all started with a question...where should I put 3/4 on the number line?  I was starting a unit with my 4th grade RTI kiddos on fractions, and the question was meant to activate prior knowledge and give me a baseline of their understanding.  ...
It all started with a question...Where is 3/4 on the number line? Discover common misconceptions about fractions and learn how we can help students overcome them and develop fraction sense.
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What's My Number? Differentiating in K-1
  In her book How Children Learn Number Concepts , Kathy Richardson devotes an entire chapter to composing and decomposing numbers.  It may surprise you that the title of the chapter is Understanding Addition and Subtraction: Parts of Numbers.  This quote s...
When students are practicing composing and decomposing numbers, it's important that they work on their own "number". Read how to use the hiding assessment to differentiate your instruction.
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Fly on the Math Teacher's Wall: Fractions
Welcome to the Fly on the Math Teacher's Wall blog hop!  In this recurring blog hop series, a great group of mathematics bloggers, covering all grade levels, band together to squash mathematical misconceptions.  This time around, we're tackling fractions. T...
Students erroneously apply whole number concepts when comparing fractions. Read tips for overcoming this common misconception, as well as others, in this recurring blog hop series, The Fly on the Math Teacher's Wall.
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Remediation...Who Needs It?
I was a classroom teacher for many years, an instructional coach for several more, and I currently serve as a K-5 math interventionist. Each role has allowed me to look at remediation through a different lens. Now that I am intimately involved in the Respon...
Each student's learning needs are different. So which students do belong in intervention programs?
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Setting Goals for Student Achievement
In my current position as a math interventionist, I work with struggling students in grades K-5.  It goes without saying that the students I see in grades 3-5 are at risk for not being successful on the state test they will take in the Spring.  I've attende...
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Elementary Instructional Coach, Math/Science
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  • Math Coach's Corner
    Morton Ranch Elementary, present
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Math Coach's Corner
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Math Coach's Corner
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I bring 16 years of classroom experience to my role as a K-5 math instructional coach.
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  • Choctawhatchee High School
    1977
  • University of West Florida
    Accounting Information System, 1986
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