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Spotlight on Math Instruction (Nov. 2020)

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The Education Week Spotlight on Math Instruction is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on how teachers are encouraging math discourse with students, teaching math to students with disabilities, and easing students’ anxieties toward math.

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Curriculum Getting Students to Talk About Math Helps Solve Problems
Math discourse is a technique that works as well virtually as it does on paper or in face-to-face classrooms, according to experts.
Catherine Gewertz, May 5, 2020
6 min read
Science Storytime, Meet Number Play: Early Math in the Home Matters for Later Skills
Preschool-age children who frequently play number-related games at home show better math skills and growth by the end of kindergarten, finds a new study in the journal Child Development.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 10, 2020
3 min read
Student Well-Being Anxiety Can Make Kids Avoid Math. Here's How They Can Talk Through the Fear
New research suggests anxiety can make students avoid engaging in math, even when they could gain big rewards from doing so. But a separate study also offers a simple way teachers can help math-anxious students build confidence.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 19, 2019
4 min read
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Curriculum How to Teach Math to Students With Disabilities, English-Language Learners
Experts recommend emphasizing language skills, avoiding assumptions about ability based on broad student labels, and focusing on students’ strengths rather than their weaknesses.
Corey Mitchell, May 5, 2020
7 min read
School & District Management Digital 'Dora the Explorer' Helps Young Children Learn Math, Study Finds
Learning math from a virtual character who children have a strong connection with can boost math skills, a new Georgetown University study finds.
Alyson Klein, December 11, 2019
3 min read
Teaching Opinion Math Instruction in the Age of the Coronavirus
Two math educators share how they design their remote teaching math lessons and what they typically look like in practice.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 7, 2020
11 min read
Science, technology, engineering, and math educators need to get serious about math anxiety, writes elementary instructional coach Gina Picha.
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Early Childhood Opinion STEM Education Has a Math Anxiety Problem
Early educators in science, technology, engineering, and math need to face up to unproductive math practices, writes elementary instructional coach Gina Picha.
Gina Picha, August 6, 2018
2 min read