Author page: Sue O'Connell

The Rush to Standard Algorithms

Despite our current standards placing an emphasis on place value strategies for addition and subtraction of multi-digit numbers, there continue to be many teachers who “teach” the standard algorithm as early as second grade. Why? Is it because...

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Upcoming PD Opportunities

Join Sue O’Connell for a Heinemann-sponsored workshop to explore K-5 math teaching. Have fun with hands-on tasks and lots of math talk! Gather ideas for simple investigations that enliven math class and help students discover important math...

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Stop the Math Tricks

I was recently working with teachers to analyze their students’ work. Students had to find the difference for 72-35. After they reviewed the work, I asked them to share the strengths they noted in the student work. One teacher mentioned that...

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NCTM Regional in Orlando

34_OConnell_Moving_Beyond_Memorization_handouts Looking for ideas for helping students discover big ideas about fractions? Join Sue at the NCTM Regional Conference in Orlando on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 9:30-10:30am in room W312 of the Convention...

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Georgia Math Conference

GCTM_Keynote_Handouts_10-20-17 Speaking_Lang_Math_handouts_2017 I am honored to be presenting the closing keynote at the Georgia State Math Conference on Friday, Oct. 20. The keynote focuses on the power of our questions to challenge student...

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