Teaching Geometry
Geometry is often one of the trickiest concepts for teachers to teach—and so often our textbooks and other resources either present things too quickly or in a way that simply isn’t engaging enough or with enough practice opportunities. Geometry actually crosses content areas—both measurement and geometry! I have had SO many teachers ask me for support in teaching geometry, ... Read *the* Post

## Angle Studies Part 2

So, yesterday I showed you how I got my angle studies kicked off with my students--how I solidified understanding of "right angle". We had lots left to accomplish--so I'll try to share some of the different lessons and activities we did over the next days!
Tip 1: If you can get your hands on thin drinking straws....like the kind you might get in a school cafeteria...taking 2 ... Read *the* Post

## Teaching Angles: Part 1

This week was "Angle Week" in my classroom...a week of intense work with angles to help us prepare for later work with geometry! I love this unit for a bunch of reasons--one, many students who struggle with computation-based concepts shine with more "spatial" concepts. I love it!
Another reason I find angle studies to be so much fun is that I LOVE watching students start to make ... 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

## 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

## Math In Real Life! Vacation Geometry!

It's the first Wednesday of April which means it's time for our monthly linky - Math IS Real Life!! If you want to see how the linky works, or just want other real world math ideas, check out our Pinterest Board of all the posts so that you can look back and find some great ideas and REAL pictures to use in your classroom!
If you are linking up, please include ... Read *the* Post

## It’s a rectangle–right?

The first part of our next unit in math involves helping students derive the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles. Knowing what I know after doing this little "gig" for 20 something years, I was pretty confident that I needed to find out if, indeed, my students REALLY knew what a rectangle was. Simple right?
False.
I thought I'd start with asking students to jot down their ... Read *the* Post