by CristinaM. | Aug 30, 2020 | assessment, education, inquiry, planning |

This is the last blog post in the 3-part series on planning, assessment, and learning (you may want to read part 1 and part 2 as they build the broader context for this one which is more practical). *NOTE – click on the pictures to enlarge. If we are to start...
by CristinaM. | Aug 16, 2020 | inquiry, planning, thinking |

In an old blog post I wrote about inquiry provocations and listed 12 possible ways of engaging students in exploring different topics or concepts. I encourage you to read it to get a better idea of how they can be used. I am updating this list with examples from M...
by CristinaM. | Sep 13, 2014 | inquiry, math, thinking |

One way to differentiate in math class is creating open-ended tasks and questions (I talked about several differentiation strategies I use here – Mathematically Speaking). I think it is useful to clarify the scheme of mathematical problems – below I used Foong...
by CristinaM. | Apr 27, 2014 | activities, inquiry, thinking |

This was originally supposed to be a simple reply to Aviva Dunsiger’s blog post. I soon realized it would have been too short and thus I could have been easily misunderstood. It all started with my question: “How do these projects enable deeper thinking?”, question...
by CristinaM. | Oct 17, 2013 | activities, inquiry, math, thinking |

This post was prompted by looking at Aviva Dunsiger’s Twitter stream – she is working on patterns with her students. I would like to engage with her 6th-grade class on Skype (my students are in 2nd grade) so we can do some Math together. I am briefly...
by CristinaM. | Sep 15, 2013 | education, inquiry, math, thinking |

Children love math. That is, when they are curious about it and succeed in their practice. I know, *that* is the difficult part: curiosity and success. How do you make sure both happen? This post will outline some of the math we do in my classroom and I would truly...