Perseverance is an interesting concept isn't it? The ability to take on a challenge...to work hard even when things are challenging...to be able persist even when things don't go your way. Talk about REAL LIFE, right? As I sit here blogging from my son's hospital room, I am doing a little self-talk about taking on this challenge! It is NOT easy!
I have always been of the ... Read *the* Post

## Fractions Day 11: Where’d You Get THAT Number Line?

Hello everyone--and thanks for coming back for more fraction adventures! Today's post is really a combination of classroom "happenings"; I don't know if you've noticed, but sometimes something I plan as a quick warm up turns into something just a teeeeeny bit more involved!
Fraction Number Lines
That was the case with my warm up the other day. It seemed simple enough. Note: I purposely did NOT ... Read *the* Post

## Math challenge problems–another tip!

One thing that I always want to have easily available to my students of all abilities is work for them to do if they finish early or have some "down time"...they know they can always read or write, but I like for them to have math options as well. My students have "Personal Challenge" folders that have a variety of problem solving activities in them...some of which are introduced whole class ... Read *the* Post

## Inventive Strategies in Math

Problem solving is a such a critical part of math instruction in elementary grades. Have you considered how much time you spend letting students work collaboratively and share their math strategies? Check out this easy math lesson idea!
A different approach to word problems
This is not a new concept for people who are interested in constructivist thinking, but today's "opening ... Read *the* Post

## “This isn’t math!” Engaging Math Problem Solving

That quote came out of "math" last Friday as I presented my students with a chance to practice some of the decimal skills we have been refining. Decimals are tricky little buggers for lots of kids...hard to "grasp" the idea that there are numbers between those simple counting numbers they have used their entire lives!
One way that students do tend to begin making sense (cents?) ... Read *the* Post

## Problem solving does not mean word problems!

So...I was right. Snow Day! So--what do I do in between rounds of shoveling? Make more homemade caramel corn? Wrap presents? Clean a bathroom? So many things to do--and here I sit! The beautiful snow (sure wish you could train it to only fall on the grass!) makes me think of how much fun the kids are going to have at recess tomorrow--then winter ... Read *the* Post