Common Sense and the Common Core: Adding Integers

Adding Integers Grade 7, Math CCSS:  Math.7.NS.A.1c Adding integers is tricky and students need support!  The concept of numbers having additive inverses on a side of the number line that for years didn’t exist in their schema, can be very hard for students to grasp when they first see this concept in late elementary school. […]

Common Sense and the Common Core: Technology and Textbooks

In this episode, we explore technology and the classroom.  Specifically, we will be learning about the use of ebooks and how they can be used in a more cost efficient and productive way for schools.  We will hear from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the founder of CK12 on the subject of eTextbooks. Our […]

Stories in Math Class?

   This blog entry was written by Wil Reimer, Professional Development Instructor for FPU Anyone who has ever sat through a lecture knows that it’s often easy to let one’s concentration drift. Soon we’re replaying last night’s football game or dreaming about tomorrow’s concert. Some of us have a hard time keeping our eyes open; […]

Funambulist: Six Apps to Help You Survive

This blog entry was written by Janet Adams MA, Special Projects Coordinator for Continuing Education at FPU. Pronunciation: /fjuːˈnambjʊlɪst/ Origin:  Late 18th century: from French funambule or Latin funambulus (from funis ‘rope’ + ambulare ‘to walk’) + -ist Despite the wall-to-wall training on the Common Core these last few months, teachers are sharing their own […]

Common Sense and the Common Core – Discipline That Restores

Today, schools are looking deeply into social and emotional learning as they integrate these skills with the Common Core State Standards. Numerous research reports show that social and emotional learning (SEL) can have a positive impact on students’ academic performance.   Teaching the soft skills, traditionally associated with conflict resolution and character education, have evolved from […]