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Sep 26

Experiences with Ordering Numbers Task


One of my favorite CI tasks is the Ordering Numbers Task (See tasks for download). This task is easily adapted for different content and grade levels: I have recently used a multiplication version in third grade (see my blog about Spectacular Jumps and Modest Movement) and a large numbers version in fourth grade. As I …

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Sep 25

Shifting from Spectacular Jumps toward Modest Movement

I was in a third grade classroom yesterday, teaching a lesson on ordering representations of multiplication expressions. (See the Tasks for Download section for an example). The students needed to compare representations like eight groups of six, 7 x 8, and 2 x 3 x 6. The first inclination of many students was to solve …

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Sep 23

Setting our Agenda: “Everyone does better when everyone does better.” – Paul Wellstone former U.S. Senator (D) Minnesota


I’ve spent the past nine years helping middle and high school math teachers implement complex instruction as their primary pedagogy. As part of this work, supporting in-service teachers to implement complex instruction in their math classrooms, I ask them to listen to Harvard Law Professor, Lani Guinier speaking at the 2009 State of the Black …

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Jul 03

Welcome to Complex Instruction Mathematics

This website is a collaborative effort of several folks, all interested in Complex Instruction and how it can address some of our concerns about learning mathematics. We, like many others, are troubled about the lack of equity in mathematics education. And we have found that the philosophy and instructional strategies of Complex Instruction have made …

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