Minnesota Academic Standards for Mathematics

Minnesota does not use the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.  The Minnesota Academic Standards for Mathematics are attached to this post.  2007_Standards_by_topic

This document is helpful for seeing how skills and concepts develop through the grades. If a child is not achieving a grade level standard, this document can help you determine the prerequisite skills and understandings that need to be acquired.

Another resource that will be helpful in learning more about the Minnesota Academic Standards for Mathematics, is  http://scimathmn.org/stemtc/frameworks

For a very quick tour (1 minute, 15 seconds) of the site, watch this video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO38NHkUUXo

Getting to Know You

At the start of a new school year, it’s exciting to learn about your students. For math instruction, we want to know about their math skills and understanding, their attitudes about math, and general information about the student. The more you know about your students, the easier it will be to make math meaningful for them.
Here are some questions you can ask as a writing task or as part of a conversation:

The following questions are adapted from How to Differentiate Your Math Instruction: Lessons, Ideas, and Videos with Common Core Support, Grades K-5, by Linda Dacey, Jayne Bamford Lynch,and Rebeka Eston Salemi:
– If you could learn anything in school, what would you choose?
– What do you know a lot about?
– How do you work best in school? ____alone____partner____small group___large group
– What helps you learn?
– What makes it hard for you to learn?
– Math is important to learn because…
– When I am learning math, I feel…
– One thing I am good at in math is…
– One thing I am not good at yet in math is…

For a fun activity for your students that gets everyone doing some math and getting to know more about each other, check out this link

Math Anxiety

What can teachers do to reduce math anxiety?  According to Daniel T. Willingham (University of Virginia) and Sian L. Bellock (University of Chicago), we should -

  1. Focus math teacher training on pedagogy rather than concepts.
  2. Stop giving times math tests.
  3. Be careful when consoling students who are struggling.

Read the full article here – http://www.danielwillingham.com/daniel-willingham-science-and-education-blog/math-anxiety-article

Summer Reading Project – 2014

In 2012, I challenged myself to read a children’s book each day of summer vacation and make a connection to mathematics. http://www.pinterest.com/DDibley/summer-reading-project-2012/ In 2013, I did the same thing, but I intentionally looked for children’s books that had a math connection. http://www.pinterest.com/DDibley/summer-reading-project-2013/

This summer, I’m going to focus on multicultural literature for children.  I will also look for web resources and write math problems to go with each book. http://www.pinterest.com/DDibley/summer-reading-project-2014/

So far, I’ve found two resources to help me identify books.  Good Books Good Math: Integrating Multicultural Literature and Mathematics Problem Solving, 1991,  Jenkins, M., Lehmann, L., Maas, J., Marten, B., Wells, K., Woods, P. Madison Metropolitan School District:  Madison Wisconsin.  25 Books that Diversify Kids’ Reading Lists this Summer http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/06/25-ideas-to-diversify-reading-lists-this-summer/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FnHAK+%28MindShift%29

Reflection and Keep in Touch

As you are wrapping up the year, I hope you are able to take some time to reflect on the past year.

  • What are some highlights of your year?
  • Where were some challenges this year?
  • What did you learn this year?

I plan to continue posting throughout the summer, although I know myself well enough to know that it won’t be on a regular basis.  Here are some other ways to connect.

Have a fantastic summer!!!



Last week I shared a summer math opportunity for students and teachers.  Here are some additional resources to help students use their math skills over the summer months.

The Math Coaches Corner has a document with links to various interactive websites
Here is a link for some summer math packets compiled by the math coaches at The Lamphere Schools in Madison Heights, Michigan.
The packets include a calendar with daily activities, book lists, and games for each grade level.
Last week I share a summer math opportunity for students and teachers.  Here are some additional resources to help students use their math skills over the summer months.