Posts by Anna

Supporting Students through Testing Anxiety

If you want to start a lively debate on education – bring up standardized testing! But even as a teacher who felt that these high-stakes tests exacerbated inequities and provided little actionable instructional data, I still wanted my students to do well on the tests. In fact, I felt it would be a disservice to…

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Student Confidence in Mathematics

The other day I was in a 6th grade math classroom. The scene was what you might expect: students working independently or with partners, worksheets featuring a string of problems on fraction division, the teacher pausing to address occasional outbursts. But then something magical occurred: the teacher invited students to do the problems on the…

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Why We Number Talk

Blueprint Math Fellows facilitate Number Talks to improve students’ mental math and computational strategies. In this narrative piece, one of our Lead Fellows gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what it means to orchestrate a number talk. I write the problem on the board. It almost doesn’t matter what it is. A discussion can grow…

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Jump into January

For the classroom educator, January is an opportunity to reset and refocus. It’s a fresh start for you and your students. What’s the best way to jump into January to take advantage of the new year? Here are a few suggestions based on my experience, as well as those of other teachers and Blueprint Math…

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Miss… Is That a Mariachi Band?!

The past 8 years of my life, I have been lucky enough to do two great things: travel abroad & teach kids. My experiences have taken me to the Dominican Republic, to 4th & 5th grade, across the country of Ecuador, to the founding year of a community charter, to jungles in Costa Rica, &…

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