Ready to do some thinking about math planning, math tasks, problem solving and more? Read on to see some of my thinking as I plan for quality math instruction in my classroom!
Organizing Math Class Minutes
One thing that I really try to be mindful of when planning my math instruction is how I "spend" my minutes. There are some things I really try to minimize as I plan:
Transition ... Read *the* Post

## Critique the Reasoning of Others…a 5 minute math lesson plan

So I just wanted to share a super quick math lesson plan idea that you might want to try. It was NOT in my plans, but I saw that a ton of my students made errors on a decimal number line problem and I knew I needed to do something ASAP. Those Standards for Mathematical Practice are SO important, so I took this opportunity to really give my students some work on critiquing the reasoning of ... Read *the* Post

## Earth Day Math: Partner Problem Solving

Looking for an easy math lesson idea to help you get some much-needed one-on-one time or small group time with students? See what you think about this Earth Day math activity!
Earth Day Math Problem Solving
I always have a pocket chart or two on my wall where I keep word problems or other challenges at all times. I can change these out to be more seasonal, to be more review, or to match the ... Read *the* Post

## Area and Perimeter Activities: Math Talk and Guided Practice

I blogged a few days ago about some of the fun area and perimeter activities we had done in class (If you missed it, just CLICK HERE.) and I promised you a follow-up post!
With "big" concepts, I tend to have a sequence of teaching that doesn't really follow a formula but does have a certain sequence. First of all, I want the students to explore and build their understanding. That's what that ... Read *the* Post

## Elementary Homework: Meaningfull Math Homework

There are plenty of topics that we can have conversations about related to teaching. One topic that ALWAYS gets people a little ramped up is...math homework.
That's right. Just bring THAT topic up to a group of parents--or teachers--and see the mixed reviews you get! You can find all sorts of studies that talk about the benefits (or not) of homework...but I caution you to always take note of ... Read *the* Post

## Perimeter and Area: Constructivist Learning

Some of my favorite math units/topics are those where I feel I have a handle on how to really get my students to construct their own understanding. This is NOT the way most textbooks operate! Most textbooks have you set a clear learning target:
I can find the perimeter of a rectangle by using the perimeter formula.
Then, the teacher models how to do the problems...talks through ... Read *the* Post

## Why Line Plots? Deep Thinking, Test Prep, and More!

Chances are, if you teach third through fifth grades, the term "line plots" has become a part of your vocabulary. If you give standardized tests, you've probably realized that test makers love them! Unfortunately, many textbooks and other resources really don't seem to provide many rich and meaningful experiences with line plots. Most activities are simple "create the plot" ... Read *the* Post

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