We all know that students are hard to "engage" at this time of year--so asking them to solve end of year word problems seems unrealistic, right?
WRONG!
When we create math problems related to topics students care about--they are FAR more likely to engage. I love doing problem solving at the end of the year because it's the perfect time to apply all those Standards for Mathematical Practice. ... Read *the* Post

## Teaching Patterns and Patterning in Upper Grades

Why Teach Patterns?
"Patterning" is something that has typically been a focus of primary classrooms. Pass by any kindergarten or first grade room early in the school year and you can expect to see SOME sort of patterning work happening. The simple truth is that we sometimes forget WHY we get our youngest students thinking in terms of patterns. We NEED students to be able to recognize and ... Read *the* Post

## Word Problem Mistake: Making All Your Word Problems Match Your Content

Over the years I have noticed that students tend to look for routine in math class. If it’s a division unit, they will divide any two numbers they find! If it’s a subtraction unit, they try to regroup everything! So what does this mean for word problems? It means we need to put students in a position where THEY need to think and decide what operation and strategies to choose.
If we constantly ... Read *the* Post

## 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 this week. During a formal observation. While I was teaching math. #lifeinthetrenches
I know you know how it goes--your administrator pops in for those required observations, and you just hope all goes well, that the students rise to the occasion, and that NO ONE STICKS TISSUES IN THEIR ... Read *the* Post

## Daily Math Warm-Ups: Engaging Students with the Math Practice Standards

The first ten minutes of your math lesson will set the tone for the rest of the class. Students must be "activated" and engaged so that they are ready to learn. Using high-level math warm-ups at the start of each lesson will accomplish this goal.
My Math Warm-Up Routine
I have my problem for the day ready--either ready to project, ready to glue into notebooks, or ready to send ... 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

## Back to school ideas and more!

Starting to think about hunting for back to school ideas? I know there are tons of blog posts out there about organization, bulletin boards, and more--but today I just wanted to share a few of my favorite back to school resources that might help you as you start to plan those first weeks. Along with them, I have included some new video previews that I have created, and I would LOVE to know your ... Read *the* Post

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