Ah, the things teachers say when deep in the moment of teaching angles.
These words came out of my mouth this week. During a formal observation. While I was teaching math. #lifeinthetrenches
I know you know how it goes--your administrator pops in for those required observations, and you just hope all goes well, that the students rise to the occasion, and that NO ONE STICKS TISSUES IN THEIR ... Read *the* Post

## Multiplication Estimation Sorts

So...as you may know, using math concept sorts is one of my absolute favorite strategies to get students thinking and talking about math. I often used them sporadically in my units....sometimes as a "kick off" to see what they know...sometimes in the middle...sometimes as a review.
Today I thought I'd use one of my sorts that we didn't get to earlier as a great test prep review of ... Read *the* Post

## Using Our Fractional Reasoning!

We had a great concept sort today...and I just wanted to share a little about what we did!
We are working on the concept of equivalent fractions...we have drawn pictures, told stories (If I had half a pizza but cut the half into two pieces, what fraction would I have?), and generated lists of equivalent fractions. What we DIDN'T do is what most math programs do right away--teach students to ... Read *the* Post

## Teaching Tips for Concept Sorts!

Have you used concept sorts in your classroom? If you have followed my blog for a while, you know that I use concept sorts regularly--and have posted a number of times about different ways I use them. Click HERE and HERE for two of those posts!
Today I want to talk about a geometry sort I did the other day to "take the temperature" of my class after a few days of instruction about ... Read *the* Post

## A New Concept Sort! Multiplication Sorts

Helping my students organize their
thinking and learning in different ways is very important to me. One method I have found to be very
successful is to ask students to take work samples or problem types and sort
them into categories. People who use Words Their Way do this all the time
with students as they look for sound or letter patterns that help them
understand how words are put ... Read *the* Post

## It’s a New Concept Sort! Algebra Thinking

For those of you who have been followers of mine for some time, you know that I am a HUGE fan of using concept sorts in my classroom! There are SO many skills that are reinforced with this activity...from developing math understanding to developing mathematical discourse skills to logical thinking to cooperation to error analysis. The amazing thing? You can accomplish all that in ... Read *the* Post

## Geometry Sorts…building math thinking

If you have followed me for very long, you know that I find concept sorts particularly useful
in math and the content areas as well--and I really believe it helps students
make connections among ideas and help them to see how things are connected.
In fact, two of Marzano's effective teaching
strategies--cooperative learning and identifying similarities and
differences--are addressed with ... Read *the* Post