The doubling strategy is great for multiplication! What strategies could you use to solve this problem mentally? What strategies would your students use? When I pose this problem to teachers in professional learning sessions, many mental strategies get revealed. Here are just a few that are often shared. “Double sixteen, then double the result.” “Multiply […]

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Math Literacy Strategy Activity #1: Activating prior knowledge and using schema to make predictions Over the years, elementary teachers in non-math subjects have made great use of research-based literacy strategies. These strategies increase reading comprehension by asking students to explore connections between what they’re reading and their previous experiences, background, or prior knowledge. The question […]

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