Common Core requires that we teach students strategies before we introduce them to the traditional algorithms. When it comes to teaching multi-digit multiplication, it’s common for teachers to focus solely on the partial products method and forget about the rest. Instead, I like to scaffold my students’ learning first so… Continue Reading »

## Are You Teaching the Two Types of Division?

It’s time to introduce your class to the subject of division. You teach the vocabulary of division and then you begin problem-solving. Yet, when you problem solve, do you teach just one type of division problems or do you teach both? Most often teachers will introduce students to one kind… Continue Reading »

## Engaging Ways to Teach Place Value to Upper Elementary

Teaching place value can be a bit cut and dry. It’s one of those math concepts that are necessary to teach to understand the other ideas that get taught the rest of the year. It’s foundational for many other concepts, such as using the operations, decimals, and fractions. What activities… Continue Reading »

## 20 Math Center Ideas

Every year about this time, I start to notice my students getting bored with the same usual math centers. That means I need to go online and start hunting down new math center ideas to find something that will hold their interest, but also teach them a thing or two… Continue Reading »

## 5 Activities for Early Finishers in the Math Classroom

Math is a subject that students learn at different rates. While some of your students may struggle with number sense, other students may be ready to solve word problems. Differentiation is key in the math classroom, but giving the students who have mastered the objectives busy work or random worksheets… Continue Reading »

## 5 Great Math Apps for Grades 3-5

You’ve taught your students math concepts, and now it’s time to practice. But, you want to do something more than the traditional worksheet. You’ve already done the hands-on, concrete method. Why not incorporate a little technology? There are so many apps out there that help kids learn and practice math… Continue Reading »

## Teaching Problem Solving in Math

Every year my students can be fantastic at math…until they start to see math with words. For some reason, once math gets translated into reading, even my best readers start to panic. There is just something about word problems, or problem-solving, that causes children to think they don’t know how… Continue Reading »

## The Gift of Multiplication for the Holidays

My students always need extra practice with multiplication, so this year I thought I’d give them the gift of multiplication for the holidays! Alright, so it may not be a really gift, and it may not be one that they will really scream with delight over, but it will definitely… Continue Reading »

## Strategies to Teach Elapsed Time

I remember struggling with elapsed time as a child. I wanted to just simply line the numbers up and subtract. But, unfortunately, it wasn’t that easy. Sadly, I don’t think I really got it until later, as a teen, when I wanted to go somewhere with friends and needed to… Continue Reading »

## Resources to Teach Math Workshop

Did your school district recently decide that everyone is now going to start doing the math workshop model? Or, perhaps you aren’t sure of the difference between guided math and math workshop? Do you love reader’s workshop and writer’s workshop, so you wanted to know a little more about math… Continue Reading »

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