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    Teaching students "number sense"
    Posted on 03/03/2015

    Teaching math is one way that Seattle Public Schools prepares students for college and careers, and the new state-mandated Smarter Balanced assessments this spring will help teachers and school leaders keep track of student progress.

    But math learning these days goes way beyond the worksheets of equations that parents might remember from when they were in school. The new academic standards emphasize “number sense,” meaning our teachers help our young students understand what numbers truly represent and how to apply them to real-world problems.

    Seattle Public Schools teachers use small group discussions, hands-on objects, computer-based visuals and other strategies to really bring math alive in the classroom. Take a look at the engaging work happening in this third-grade classroom around learning fractions