About Debbie Webb

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Improve math teaching with incremental improvements

By Jon R. Star

The education world has a bent toward large-scale reform. But that almost never works the way it should. Perhaps it’s better to […]

A teaching makeover improves learning for diverse students

By Kristina J. Doubet, Jessica A. Hockett, and Catherine M. Brighton

Early-grade teachers broadened their views of students’ skills, knowledge, and culture to improve their teaching […]

Goldilocks Discourse — math scaffolding that’s just right

By Rachel Dale and Jimmy Scherrer

The Common Core places new requirements for mathematics literacy and those call for instructors to do neither too much nor […]

Making early math education work for all children

By Karen C. Fuson, Douglas H. Clements, and Julie Sarama

Prekindergarten teachers lay the foundation for later success in mathematics when they attend to the concepts […]

Information is a Common Core dish best served first

By Temple A. Walkowiak

Engage parents with information about the Common Core that dispels the myths and helps to keep students interested.

“I can’t help my child […]

Examining text complexity in the early grades

By Jill Fitzgerald, Jeff Elmore, Elfrieda H. Hiebert, Heather H. Koons, Kimberly Bowen, Eleanor E. Sanford-Moore, and A. Jackson Stenner

Choosing texts for early-grade students is […]

Taking a comprehensive approach to Common Core rollout

By Amy Illingworth

South Bay Union School District in southern California takes a comprehensive approach to implementing Common Core standards by supporting teachers and coaches with […]

What should Common Core assessments measure?

By Kayla Chandler, Nicholas Fortune, Jennifer N. Lovett, and Jimmy Scherrer

The new math standards ask for more than content memorization and application. They require math […]

Supporting classroom instruction: The Textbook Navigator/Journal

By Leland S. Cogan, Nathan Burroughs, and William H. Schmidt

Researchers have developed a tool to help teachers implement the Common Core by letting standards, not […]

The Common Core’s first casualty: Playful learning

By Jill Bowdon

The Common Core’s higher standards need not be met by pressuring teachers to discard proven playful learning strategies in favor of procedural pedagogies.

Playful […]

Smart moves: Powering up the brain with physical activity

By Marcus Conyers and Donna Wilson 

Learning is not just a cognitive function. Thinking, feeling, and physicality all come together to develop new knowledge and skills.

Active […]

It all adds up: Learning early math through play and games

By Geetha B. Ramani and Sarah H. Eason

Playing and learning mathematics do not have to be mutually exclusive, especially in kindergarten classrooms.

A recent study has […]