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Low Floor High Ceiling Tasks for Fidgety Adults
I am planning an hour of math for a group of adults that is a daunting mix of math teachers, business professionals with no particular fondness for math, research mathematicians, and other assorted riffraff. First, I was thinking through the feasibility of ...
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Respecting the Intellectual Work of the Grade
A thing that I think we did really well in Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math was attend carefully to really deep, important things that adults that already know math can easily overlook. For example, what does an equation mean? What does it mean for a numbe...
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FAQ: What Can We Change?
We are putting the finishing touches on the  IM middle school math curriculum published by Open Up Resources  (For early access to sample units in the pilot, you'll have to share your contact info with us  here , but version 1 will be released any day now.)...
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Your Opinion of #MTBoS Has More to Do with You Than It Does with #MTBoS
"Someone's opinion of you has way more to do with them than it does with you." I have a smart mouth and also get upset when other people are upset with me, so I've likely heard this aphorism more than the average person. It's been floating into my head late...
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Anyone Want to Classroom Test Something?
Hi! We are field testing all of our new materials in pilot schools, but I have one activity where the first draft was unworkable, and we have to come up with something totally new, and since the pilot schools are past this point I can't throw another versio...
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Is This Thing On?
Hello, Blogoworld! I'm not sure if anyone is still listening, but if you are, I have a short assignment for you. I'm preparing a talk where I'll show different people's sample work to the same problem. So I'd like to collect a bunch of different responses. ...
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What I Think a Rate Is Right Now
Stating a few assumptions before I get into this: I'm going to explain how I use the word "rate" and the phrase "unit rate" (and also throw around the word "ratio" somewhat recklessly) and it might not match what's in your textbook or how you use the words ...
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In Defense of Unsexy
Do know know what we need the most right now in the College Board's bank of new SAT questions? Easy questions. Nobody wants to write easy questions. We all want to write the question with the diabolical double switchback wrinkle that only 15% are going to g...
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NCTM Nashville Presentation
I had the pleasure of attending the NCTM regional meeting in Nashville this week. I learned some cool stuff that I'm still processing, and I got to do a presentation. In the presentation I tried to explore whether the way I would rewrite and rework lessons ...
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