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Top 3 best middle school math movies for your Prealgebra classroom A list of the best 3 middle school math movies so you don't have to feel guilty when you need a break from teaching.

From Ms. Traylor's class at School of the Arts!
November 1: why fight it? Turn Halloween candy into math activities! Math 7 students wrote percent problems and Honors Math 7 weighed and measured and calculated statistics.

[10/18/18]   A great article on math and technology!

Visual, Creative Algebra

Teach Algebra and looking for some lessons on math mindset? Please check out this 4 week lesson plan on math mindset in the Algebra classroom Mathematical Mindset Algebra This 4-week curriculum unit we have developed is one that can be used to introduce algebraic concepts at any grade level. It draws upon algebraic research showing that it is more helpful for students to learn algebra through studying pattern growth where a variable repre...

Every Student Is a Mathematics Language Learner

As we prepare to come back to school, this is a great read! According to Stahl and Nagy (2007), "Language is a key component in the learning process. People's perceptions of the world are largely shaped by their vocabulary knowledge. Indeed, words are the tools we use to access our background knowledge, express ideas, and learn new concepts" (p. 4). When stu...

Starting August 5th: Post Your First Project... or Help a Colleague Down the Hall! is the nonprofit classroom funding site for public school teachers. Educators from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and donors can give any amount to the project that inspires them. Since our founding by a history teacher in 2000, over 430,000 teachers have...

Building a Mathematical Classroom Community

If you are thinking about using the Illustrative Math curriculum in middle school this year, read this post about creating the mathematical culture in your classroom! Classroom environments that foster a sense of community that allows students to express their mathematical ideas—together with norms that expect students to communicate their mathematical thinking …

Research-Based Tips to Turn Up Math Talk You could hear a pin drop in my childhood math classes. We sat in rows, worked on our own, listened to the teacher at the center of the classroom, and spoke only when spoken to. Today, there is a growing understanding that academic discourse and peer-to-peer collaboration help all students make lear...

Icebreakers that Rock Too many icebreakers require students to take massive social risks with people they barely know. Or they don't really help students get to know each other. Or they are just plain cheesy. Here are three that are actually good.

Teacher Supply Boxes - Kids in Need Foundation Teacher Supply Boxes Program Does your classroom desperately need free school supplies? The Teacher Supply Boxes program focuses on our core mission of providing essential school supplies to the classrooms of children most in need. If you teach in a school where the rate of free and reduced lunch is...

[07/24/18]   Summer Bridges Training is going on the next three weeks! Make sure you sign up if you are in a Bridges Pilot school and haven't yet gotten trained. Also, join the Bridges page to connect with Bridges users around the country!

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The Museum of Mathematics Makes Math FUN

NCTM on Twitter

Great Webinar tonight on the 5 practices from NCTM “Join us tomorrow night, July 18th at 7pm ET for a FREE Webinar. Author Margaret Smith discusses the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions, 2nd Edition. Register Now!”

We would like to welcome Sherri Abel (HS) & Rachael Smilowitz (MS) as the new Instructional Specialists for Middle and High School Mathematics for Charleston County School district. Good Luck on your new endevour. We look forward to a great year.

Rachael Levy Smilowitz Sherri Abel

Save the date for July 18th at 7pm ET. Join us for a FREE Webinar. Author Margaret "Peg" Smith discusses 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions, 2nd Edition. Register now!

Get ready for the NEW Google Classroom Get ready for the NEW Google Classroom! Here's what you can expect from this big update (with pictures and details)!

ASCD on Twitter “Here are 5 powerful ways to help teachers win the #burnout war. @JennyGRankin”

Fun With Zooming Number Lines in Grade 8

using number lines to explore scientific notation and irrational numbers! By Charles Larrieu Casias The number line is an anchor representation that threads through the entire middle school curriculum. For this blog post, I want to focus on a creative use of the number l…


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[06/14/18]   Check this out. Copied from a friend.

Teaching science and math is extremely important. It teaches kids Inquiry, comprehension, critical thinking, and problem solving. We need more of it in our schools. Plus, when children like what they are learning they will engage, learn and read more.

“Science is winning more students' enthusiasm. Between 2009 and 2015, the percentage of students calling it a favorite subject rose 2 percentage points in 4th and 12th grades, and 5 points in 8th grade.

And interest in science among the lower-performing students at all grade levels is rising. Fourth and 8th graders scoring in the lowest quartile each showed a 2 percentage-point gain in interest in science, and 12th graders showed a 1 point increase.

Among students in the highest-scoring quartile, interest in science rose wildly among 8th graders: 23 percent of students said science was a favorite subject in 2009, but by 2015, that number was up to 31 percent. In 4th grade, interest among higher-scoring students was flat, at 30 percent, and in 12th grade it rose 6 percentage points, with 33 percent of students reporting that science is a favorite subject.”

What a respectable ceremony for the ground breaking for the Lucy Beckham High School.

Grade 3-8 teachers should read this!

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2018 South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference Speaker Proposals - for Columbia, South Carolina November 15 - 16, 2018

SCCTM will be held in Columbia SC next school year ('18-'19) in November. Have you considered sharing by becoming a conference speaker? It will be a great opportunity to learn, grow, and share! Please fill in this form in order to submit your 2018 South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Fall Conference Speaker Proposal. If there will be more than one person presenting your proposal, please include the other name(s) in the secondary speaker(s) field. Only one registration fee, whi...

Cognitively-Guided Instruction: Supporting Students to Create Their Own Mathematical Understanding

A great Friday read! A student-centered approach to teaching mathematics enables students to develop conceptual understanding and to grow as confident mathematicians.

Soul Mama

Wow! "You are clever! You have a big 💓!"

WATCH: Chen Miller is an extraordinary teacher in Israel. Hear her show how words can shift a child's self image. Share her story and help the education system for all children.

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Are you ready for the Oscars? Check out these classroom activities themed around the award ceremony.

Charleston STEM Festival

SCCTM - South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics

You are invited to join us for "Mathematics in South Carolina: Conversations about Transitions" on Monday, February 26, 2018 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. The meeting will be held in the Pee Dee Education Center Conference Room.

At the event, Melanie Barton, Executive Director of the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee, will discuss some recent initiatives at the state level related to college readiness. We will also have small-group discussions about challenges with preparing students, and we will share assignments/approaches.

This event is free and open to all educators and administrators. Please feel free to forward this message to your colleagues who teach math or prepare teachers of math. Lunch will be provided.

To register, follow this link:

To learn more about the Center, please visit our website at

Stall High School Students Download Their Way to Solving Math Equations

Algebra Nation - South Carolina is making news! Stall High School is using technology in the classroom to help students solve math problems.

Charleston STEM Festival

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Polygon Capture

A fun activity involving polygons!

History of Populations

Middle School lesson on population and interpreting a circle graph. The activities at this level focus on studying a series of circle graphs that report the population of the United States and of selected states–Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania–in fifty-year intervals from 1800 to 1950. The students are asked to discuss and describe the information and ...

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CCSD Math Teachers

Students in Ms. Traylor's 7th grade math class at SOA learning geometry and coding with the TI-Rover!

Three South Carolina School Districts Chosen for 2017 AP District Honor Roll - South Carolina Department of Education

Awesome! Three South Carolina School Districts Chosen for 2017 AP District Honor Roll

Algebra Nation - South Carolina

Algebra Nation!!!

How do you get kids more excited about math?

According to one Michigan lawmaker, it's as simple as investing in Math/Algebra Nation.

KathyTraylor from SOA Middle:What do you do in math class the day after Halloween? Weigh and measure candy! This was a great way to reinforce their statistics skills as they calculated measures of center and variation of their treats.

ASCD Express 13.06 - Building Mathematical Skills and Community Relationships Through Crash Reconstruction

A way to incorporate real world applications of math!

Fractions: Where It All Goes Wrong

A great read on fractions! Why do Americans have such trouble with fractions—and what can be done?

Fifth-graders ‘gobble up’ math problem

A Thanksgiving Math Problem! Students in Georgia Boethin’s fifth-grade class at Humbolt Elementary School were absorbed with solving a real-life math problem last week — planning Thanksgiving dinner.The challenge was to use a grocery store ad to find savings on the turkey and trimmings and plan out dinner for 10 p

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