It's my day to blog over at Upper Elementary Snapshots! Check out today's post all about teaching COMPARISON PROBLEMS...and how important it is to help students really dig deeply into their problem solving. I hope you get some helpful tips! Whether you call them comparison problems, tape diagrams, or strip diagrams--these problems can really helps students "make sense" of ... Read *the* Post

## 10 Tips for test prep–without sacrificing teaching time

It's coming for many of our upper elementary teachers and students. They have thought about it. Worried about it.
The. Test.
This is something that I have thought about a great deal. I hear so many stories about teachers, schools and districts who set aside real teaching and learning to prepare for tests that are simply supposed to be a "dipstick" to measure the state ... Read *the* Post

## Differentiated Problem Solving: A New Approach

I know so many of you have been looking for a way to build deep math thinking with your intermediate students--I know this because I get questions about it all the time!
You want your students to be challenged in new and interesting ways—and be easily able to differentiate so that ALL your students can benefit, right?
Here's the problem...what's challenging for some is way too ... Read *the* Post

## Project Based Learning Math Tasks: The Benefits of the Challenge

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 world, and ... Read *the* Post

## How We Spend Our Math Minutes–Using Open Ended Math Tasks

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 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 ... 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

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