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Standards-based assessment and Instruction


Exemplars in the Classroom: “They Want to Become Experts.”


At the beginning of the year, I explained each portion of the Exemplars rubric to the students. The rubrics are very student-friendly and I find that they inspire students to want to become Experts.

Preparing for the New Math TEKS: Using Rubrics to Guide Teachers and Students


As you begin preparing your staff to focus on the new math TEKS this year, rubrics should play a key role in terms of helping your teachers and students achieve success with the new standards.

Understanding Mathematical Connections at the Fifth Grade Level


In the final post of our Summer Series, we look in on a fifth grader mastering the standard 5.NBT.2 in the Common Core domain Number and Operations in Base Ten.

Understanding Mathematical Connections at the Third Grade Level


In this blog we’re tackling a task at the third-grade level, Bracelets to Sell, where students explore a CCSSM from the Operations and Algebraic Thinking domain. We’ll review a student’s solution to see how it relates to the Exemplars rubric criteria and if a math connection is made.

Understanding Mathematical Connections at the First Grade Level


In today’s post, we’ll look at a first grade student’s solution for the task, “Pictures on the Wall.” The featured student anchor paper shows a solution that goes beyond arithmetic calculation and provides the evidence that a student can reflect on and apply mathematical connections.

Understanding Mathematical Connections


This blog represents Part 1 of a four-part series that explores mathematical connections and offers guidelines; strategies and suggestions for helping teachers elicit this type of thinking from their students.

7 Things I’ve Learned on My Journey to Implementing Problem Solving in the Classroom


So how can teachers help their classrooms make this critical transition to problem solving? … My personal story of transformation, which began after participating in one of Exemplars’ Summer Institutes, offers a path forward.

Why A Focused Mathematics Curriculum Matters and How Exemplars Can Help Texas Educators


When the new math TEKS were written, the writing teams focused on fewer skills at each grade level. Teachers are expected to address these skills and understandings by teaching rich lessons in which students make critical connections between foundational big ideas in mathematics.

A Problem-Solving Lab to Support the Math Practices


The school administrators at PS 54 had a vision to create a math laboratory based on the eight Standards of Mathematical Practice. The idea was to create a setting in which students could focus on multi-step problem solving.

Our Kids’ Future Depends on Problem Solving


Our latest K–5 material, Problem Solving for TEKS, offers teachers supplemental performance tasks to develop their students’ problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. By organizing the new TEKS into rich Units of Study, this resource is designed to assist Texas educators in teaching a focused mathematics curriculum.

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