### Daily Math Warm-Ups: A Powerful Way to Start Math Class

Routines are an essential part of effective mathematics classrooms because they give structure to time and interactions.  Students crave structure,

### Fraction Unit Update

It’s getting to be “fraction season” for many of us, and having quality fraction lessons and activities is SO important

### Using Math Sorts to Encourage Productive Struggle

Ah, the things teachers say when deep in the moment of teaching angles. These words came out of my mouth

### Solving Word Problems…a Gradual Release Model

For many students, word problems and problem-solving strategies are the most difficult part of math instruction.  They can learn algorithms

### Accountable Math Talk: 6 Tips for Creating a Culture for Math

So now that many of us have sketched out our year and have done some thinking about the sequence of

### Area and Perimeter: Getting Students Talking about Math

Research shows that students learn best when they are collaborating and talking about math.  My 25+ years in the classroom

### When Problem Solving, Precision, and Computation Meet: 5 Ideas to Ponder

I think it would be hard to find someone who would argue with the following statement: All students need to

### Decimal Sequencing and Critiquing Reasoning

“A well-crafted argument/critique requires a thoughtful and logical progression of mathematically sound statements and supporting evidence.” Pretty powerful words when

### Candy, Prime Numbers, and Conjectures!

One thing that is a HUGE part of our curriculum in fourth grade involves multiplication concepts–facts, large number multiplication, measurement

### Decomposing Fraction Fun!

Whether you teach from the Common Core or other sets of rigorous standards, the ability to decompose or “break apart”