### Fraction Concepts Day 2! Conceptions, Misconceptions, and Mathematical Language

Well, things got even more interesting as my work with fractions unfolded on day 2!  For those of you who

### Fraction Folding–discovery learning

Today we kicked off our fraction unit, and I think I am going to really try to do a lot

### How To Keep The Class Learning While You Pull Small Groups

This week we are starting our “big multiplying” unit.  Not facts–but “big” multiplying.  Our standards state that our students must

### 5 Tips for Helping Students Make Sense of Word Problems

How many of you have ever given your students a challenging problem and within SECONDS heard something like… “I don’t

### Teaching Multiplication With Arrays: The importance of concrete models

We are moving into our mini-unit on factors, multiples, prime numbers, and factoring–SO much vocabulary and such complicated ideas for

### Making Sense of Problems: Meaningful Math

Teaching math is a complicated venture–to say the least.  Between figuring out how to meet the needs of all our

### Problem Solving Doesn’t Always Mean Word Problems!

I know I talk about problem solving and word problems a TON, but I wanted to share briefly today about

### Building Multiplication Fact Fluency

OK…it is no secret that I am a HUGE Jo Boaler fan.  Huge.  Her work with mathematical mindsets and brain

### The Benefits of Spiral Math Review

One thing that always bothered me with many math textbooks and curriculum maps was the idea that math instruction is

### Bright Ideas: Exit Slip Storage!

Today’s “bright ideas” post is the result of me having WAY too many papers floating around my room–especially the half