Archive for April, 2016

Upcoming Guided Math Webinar

Posted on April 27, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Christina Tondevold host of Mathematically Minded is proud to present Dr. Nicki Newton doing a talk on Guided Math this Saturday.  See the information here.


Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Personalizing Word Problems

Posted on April 21, 2016. Filed under: Problem Solving | Tags: , , , |

Many researchers have looked deeply at the impact of personalization of word problems on student achievement. Bailey notes that students “don’t care how many apples Bob gave to Suzy. They’re much more interested in things like music, video games, movies, trading cards, money, and friends” (Bailey, 2002, p. 61). Giordano (1990) maintains that, “student fascination with problems can be enhanced when names, locations, and events are changed to personal referents” (p. 25). Researchers agree that student motivation and interest increases engagement with the work (Fairbairn, 1993, Hart, 1996). It is important that these problems be rooted in students’ real lives (Ensign, 1997).

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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What video games can teach us about learning

Posted on April 17, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Kids will play a video game an average of 100 hours to “get good” at it.They don’t get grades, get extra credit, win money or fame and yet, they play for hours upon hours. We literally have to insist that they stop to eat or sleep or do something else.  And they rarely play a game a second time without learning  something….getting better at concepts, strategies, skills, vocabulary… They stay engaged by goal setting, because they know how well they are doing and they make a plan about how they want to get better and what they should do specifically to reach that goal.” (Adapted from Dr. Bobb Darnell

Dr. Darnell stated that ““Imagine if you played any game for an hour and when you walked out of the room, somebody asked you how you did and you had to reply ‘I don’t know.’”  And yet, this is what our students do everyday in school.

“Imagine if our students came to class and attacked their studies with the same vigor as they do video games!”  What would schooling look like?  How do we capture that video game enthusiasm for learning.

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Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki




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Kindergarten Math in Action Raleigh Conference

Posted on April 7, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Join us in Raleigh, NC on May 3rd from 8:30-3:00 at the Holiday Inn Airport. Top Reasons to Attend:

  • Discover how to effectively plan for and implement kindergarten math in a workshop model
  • · Explore tools, tasks, time schedules, and transitions
  • · Learn innovative, differentiated, hands-on games and activities to use in your lessons and math workstations
  • · Understand how to integrate problem solving into your current curriculum
  • · Make toolkits to teach concepts & skills
  • · Make a plan to effectively organize materials within your classroom space
  • · Develop routines and procedures for building fluency across the year
  • · Integrate 21st century technologies throughout your lessons
  • · Use balanced assessments


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