It's getting to be "fraction season" for many of us, and having quality fraction lessons and activities is SO important as we try to teach this challenging topic! Teaching fractions is a passion of mine and led me to create an entire fraction unit that I've shared on my blog over the years. Over time, people were SO excited to try the lessons and wanted more and more detail about how to teach ... Read *the* Post

## Daily Math Warm-Ups: Tips to Keep Them Fresh!

One question I get often is “How do you organize your math block?” It’s a tricky question because I am a person who likes to shake things up and do things differently all the time.
If you come to my class on Tuesday, it will definitely look very different than it did on Monday. I love that--and my students do too. They never know what to expect in terms of how lessons will be delivered--and ... Read *the* Post

## Place Value: Everything You Need to Know!

It's a round-up of place value blog posts to get you excited about teaching this essential concept!
Many teachers start the year working on place value concepts, but it's truly a topic that we cycle through all year long in increasing sophistication! Remember, place value is a complex topic that develops as a progression from the very first days in school (or earlier!) to much more advanced ... Read *the* Post

## Mind Boggling Math: Infusing the Standards for Mathematical Practice

Where did Mind Boggling Math Come From?
Back five or six years ago, I was searching for an activity that I could have available in my classroom for students to do at a variety of times:
If they finished work early.
Or if I needed a math station.
If I wanted students to work on a challenge so I could pull small groups
The problem I ran into was that my students just weren't ... Read *the* Post

## 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 and procedures but struggle to independently make sense of problems and work through them. So what can we, as teachers, do to help? Let me walk you my thinking and see if there is anything that resonates with you!
Gradual Release of Responsibility Model ... Read *the* Post

## Rigorous Math Problem Solving? Consider this!

We have all heard the word "rigorous" with regards to math instruction and math tasks. What exactly IS math rigor and how can we encourage it?
What does NCTM say?
The National Council for the Teachers of Mathematics gives a few hints about this. See what you think.
Math tasks should require effort. Consider exactly what that "just right" effort is--enough to challenge students with ... Read *the* Post

## Problem Solving in the Real World!

Let's face it. Sometimes students look at you while your teaching and you can read their minds.
"Why in the world are we doing this?"
And in their defense...when they are filling out worksheets or pages of a math workbook, it's easy to lose the "real world" in the math and focus instead on the answers in the boxes. Whenever humanly possible, I try to make math meaningful to my ... Read *the* Post

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