Q: What is the fastest way to get a heated debate going about some topic in the IM 6–-8 math curriculum?

A: Show people this graph from Lesson 4 in Unit 8.5:

Q: What is the fastest way to get a heated debate going about some topic in the IM 6–-8 math curriculum?

A: Show people this graph from Lesson 4 in Unit 8.5:

I asked my 15-year-old what she learned today at school. She paused for a moment and then answered, “What did *you* learn at school today?”

It took me a while to think about what I had learned (which will make me more patient when I ask her again tomorrow), and then I remembered and shared with her:We are working with some teachers who are using the *Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math* curriculum. The 7th grade teachers are in Unit 1, Scale Drawings. They are working with scale drawings and maps. Today I learned to look more closely at the scale given for a map.

Continue reading “What I Learned Today: Scale Drawings & Maps”

*By Kristin Gray*

There are some standards I think we do such a great job developing in early elementary, but never revisit explicitly when students learn about different numbers such as fractions and decimals. I blogged about this in reference to even and odd numbers last year, but this past week I have found another: Continue reading “5th Grade: Decimal Place Value”

*By William McCallum*

You may have noticed that I am back to publishing regular blog posts! My goal for now is a blog post every second Wednesday. I am now also trying to answer forum questions promptly. I want to thank the readers who took up the slack for the last year and a half in answering questions in the forums. In particular, I’d like to call out abieniek, Alexei Kassymov, and Lane Walker, whose answers were always spot on. Continue reading “Misconceptions about Multiple Methods”

*Co-authored by
Bill McCallum, *Jason Zimba, Phil Daro

You have just purchased an expensive Grecian urn and asked the dealer to ship it to your house. He picks up a hammer, shatters it into pieces, and explains that he will send one piece a day in an envelope for the next year. You object; he says “don’t worry, I’ll make sure that you get every single piece, and the markings are clear, so you’ll be able to glue them all back together. I’ve got it covered.” Absurd, no? But this is the way many school systems require teachers to deliver mathematics to their students; one piece (i.e. one standard) at a time. They promise their customers (the taxpayers) that by the end of the year they will have “covered” the standards.