**Mr. Elementary Math has 5 great tips and a whole lot more in developing a mathematical growth mind-set.**

# Category Archives: Math

# You Will Love: Engaging 2nd Graders in “Productive Struggle Number Talks”

**Monique LaCour, “teacher extraordinaire” in Oakland, California shares this 7 minute video highlighting:**

Talking math out loud with student whiteboards …… My mathematicians learn a million times more from each other …… Taking ownership — Gradual Release of Responsibility ….. Mistakes help us learn ….. Mistakes means you are trying new things ….. Productive struggles with the right tools …..

# Two Videos — What Are Math Playlets?

Click here: What Are Math Playlets. Math Playlets are a powerful way to utilize the Gradual Release Model.

# Mastering Math with Math Playlets

**Math Playlets include scripts, 3-4 students as actors, the class providing solutions and you, the teacher, as director. **

**You taught the concept. Now, have your class come to life as they demonstrate how they apply the problem solving solutions to your concept.**

**Math playlets are designed to support learning by helping:**

** ● make sense of math!**

** ● deepen their reasoning about math. **

**● collaborate to solve math problems in everyday situations!**

**● communicate about math!**

** ● build confidence in taking apart word problems and working through them till each part is solved!**

**Go to my store at Teachers Pay Teachers.**