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

## Math Workshop Thanksgiving Style

So often, I get questions like, "What does math workshop look like in your classroom?" and it's always such a tough question to answer--because it changes all the time. So I thought I'd tell you about my plans for the next week or so leading up until Thanksgiving--and see if you can picture what I'll be doing! Maybe in a month or so I'll do another post and show another "twist" on math ... Read *the* Post

## Helping Students “Make Sense” of Problems

Teaching math is a complicated venture--to say the least. Between figuring out how to meet the needs of all our students, balance a jam-packed curriculum, worry about interventions and enrichment--and then throw in fire drills, strep throat epidemics, students gone on vacations, meetings...it's a wonder we get anything done!
The one thing I always use to "center" myself is the Standards ... Read *the* Post

## Rethinking Problem Solving: More Than a Word Problem

For years I have used the phrase "problem solving does not equal word problems", but I love it when I have a real world "math experience" that helps prove this point. Today was one of those days--so I thought I'd share!
If you have followed me for any length of time, you may have seen me post about "Mind Boggling Math", a resource I created about three years ago to help provide me students ... Read *the* Post

## Problem solving in the “real world”

One thing that I think is super important for students to understand is that math is REAL. Math isn't "fill in the blanks" in your workbook...or a practice sheet...or even a math game. Math is everywhere--and in everything. Getting students to recognize this is key--and helping them see that math can help them make sense of their world and solve REAL problems should be a key part ... Read *the* Post

## When Problem Solving, Precision, and Computation Meet: 5 Ideas to Ponder

I think it would be hard to find someone who would argue with the following statement:
All students need to learn how
to compute efficiently and precisely.
I mean--I sure can't argue with it! I think the discussion comes in when we talk about how we expect our students to get there. Take these practice pages for example. I use them. In fact, they are part of two ... Read *the* Post

## Math Talk, Open Ended Problems–and Thinking Backwards!

As you know if you have followed me for any length of time, I love to have my students work collaboratively on "challenging" tasks...and because it is testing season in my room, I like to give my students as much interaction with each other in our non-testing hours as possible!
You may have seen (or even tried) some of my "Thinker Task" challenges...so they involved a real-life scenario where ... Read *the* Post

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