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 »

## 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 »

## 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 »

## Teaching Addition and Subtraction Strategies

Teaching addition and subtraction strategies doesn’t have to be complicated once you understand them. I wrote recently about understanding the addition and subtraction strategies, and today I wanted to share with you just how I teach them in my classroom using the math workshop model. Teaching Addition and Subtraction Strategies… Continue Reading »

## Understanding Addition & Subtraction Strategies

When Common Core stated that we needed to teach addition and subtraction strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction, I will admit I was at a loss for a long time. When I was growing up, the only thing I had learned… Continue Reading »

## Make Graphing Fun!

The first year that our school district implemented Common Core math, I kind of accidentally overlooked graphing. Whoops! I mean, really – my bad. I felt so bad for those kids that year. Here I was thinking that this Common Core thing was going to be much easier than predicted… Continue Reading »

## Teaching Multiplication Shortcuts

Multiplication. Multiplication is a BIG deal in third grade and up. In fact, it’s so vital that teaching multiplication shortcuts can sometimes be your saving grace until the students actually memorize the multiplication facts. In the past, I have talked about teaching multiplication strategies and tricks to help your students… Continue Reading »

## 10 Ways to Review the Attributes of Geometric Shapes

In third grade, students (and Common Core) just barely touch on the attributes of geometry, yet it seems on every practice test I find, there are still tons of questions related to them. While I know that in later grades they get in-depth a bit more, I like to make… Continue Reading »

## Teaching the Distributive Property

The distributive property can be a very tough concept for children to grasp. It seems that every year, I have to slow down and really take my time with this concept. Like I previously stated in the blog post Teaching Math So Students Get It, it’s crucial that you apply… Continue Reading »