So many times I am asked questions about why many students seem so disengaged in math. I ask these teachers to flip through their resources and see how many of them truly help students see the real life application of math--and solve rigorous, engaging problems that students can relate to. PBL (project based learning) can help make the connections between the math skills and the real ... Read *the* Post

## Open Ended Challenges–NOT Just for Enrichment

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 delays
"correcting" things
passing out/collecting materials
filling out practice pages
And I try to spend as many minutes as possible doing the following:
high-level problem solving
math discourse
small ... Read *the* Post

## Partner Problem Solving: Earth Day

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...
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 topic we are studying. In this case, I ... Read *the* Post

## 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 read my first fraction post, I discussed how we used paper folding to get our fraction concepts unit "launched", and we ran out of time to finish the investigation before digging into some fraction misconceptions. I gave them another 25 minutes today to work on folding their different ... Read *the* Post

## Fraction Folding–discovery learning

Today we kicked off our fraction unit, and I think I am going to really try to do a lot of blogging about it over the next few weeks--because I will be immersed in it AND because it is such a critical component of the Common Core for intermediate grades. I think it is vital that we dialogue about ways to help students build their understanding of fractions, so I invite you to share along with me ... Read *the* Post

## Coming Up with a Math Plan, Teamwork, and Perseverance!

I just wanted to share a quick blog post about what I am doing in math workshop over the next two weeks because my students are SO excited! We are digging into the next series of fraction lessons, and I know that some of my fourth graders are going to handle the material easily. To make sure they have plenty of meaningful work to do when they finish their learning, I introduced the ... Read *the* Post

## Team Challenge: Subtraction with Regrouping…and FUN!

Just a quick "photojournalistic" post today to show you what fun we had with a class warm up today! Our goals? To continue working on our subtraction with regrouping fluency and accuracy--and to be able to look for errors and fix them.
Here's what we did. You could easily do this with a set of cards you make...but I used the cards from my Precision Practice resource (this ... Read *the* Post

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