What's 9 + 8? Simple, right? If only school improvement were so easy. It's not. Neither is helping mathematics teachers in struggling schools move beyond drilling for right answers. But Steve Leinwand, math specialist at AIR, says supporting teachers as they work to create classroom conversations around, for example, why and how 9 + 8 equals 17, is a critical part of strengthening instruction. "That's what builds understanding in classrooms," Leinwand says.
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