If you are unfamiliar with the CRA model for learning math, read on! Today's post is all about helping our students acquire multiplication facts in a research-based way that will cement true understanding. So often we push memorization--and that IS our EVENTUAL goal! In order for us to get there, we need to slow down and build understanding from the ground up. Concrete Modeling In order ... Read the Post
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Why Teach Line Plots?
If you teach upper elementary school math, you are probably familiar with line plots. If you have been alive even HALF as long as I have, you probably didn't study these little buggers when you were in elementary school. So why DO we teach line plots now? Simple and Visual As students advance through the grades, they will be asked to explore more and more sophisticated graphs and ... Read the Post
Quick Writing Assessments to Guide Instruction
More often than not, writing assessment is something we dread Whether it's self-imposed restrictions or in-depth rubrics and checklists that take forever to interpret and use--writing assessment is often something we push to the back of our "to do" list. It simply isn't very glamorous. It isn't very fun. Quick writing assessments seem like a dream, right? Unfortunately, the importance of ... Read the Post
Valentine’s Day Lessons and Activities
Valentine's Day is such a fun time of year for elementary students! Although we don't make it a big huge deal, we DO talk about friendship and kindness. I also make sure to plan some fun Valentine's Day lessons and activities. I thought I'd share a few with you today! Valentine's Day Math Games Although most of my Valentine's Day activities take place in the few days surrounding the holiday, ... Read the Post
Fractions are Numbers
Teaching fractions is a challenge for many teachers, and so much of it is because WE didn't have good fraction instruction! I hope this blog post can give you a few key points to ground your thinking about fractions and the best approaches to take when teaching about these important numbers! Fractions...more than pizza So many textbooks focus on fractions of areas/regions. Students are asked ... Read the Post
Winter Teaching Resource Roundup!
Winter is a time of year where we move into "that time" in our classroom. "That time" where we know each other well--so well that our routines are in place. That being said, winter can also be a time of less outside time. Less ways to let off steam. A sense of "routine" that could be seen as...BORING. Winter is a great time to shake things up with some new ideas and routines. I've put ... Read the Post
Providing Computation Practice Without Sacrificing Rigor or Engagement
Developing a deep understanding of different math operations and estimation is essential...but we want students to be fluent with computation too, right? Students NEED computation practice--whether they use concept-based strategies or a standard algorithm. We also know that piling on worksheets isn't the best option. Students need a variety of experiences to do "computation practice" where the ... Read the Post
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