We don't celebrate Halloween at my school, but we DO like to have a little fun. There are so many cute monster books out there--so I like to do some "monster work" in the fall! I haven't had any monster MATH until now!
Monster Math with a Purpose
What was my goal? To get students thinking deeply about math and recognizing that they can use patterns, guess and check, and other strategies to ... Read *the* Post

## End of Year Word Problems and Problem Solving Tips

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

## 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

## Solving Word Problems…a Gradual Release Model

For many students, word problems and problem-solving strategies are the most difficult part of math instruction. They can learn algorithms and procedures but struggle to independently make sense of problems and work through them. So what can we, as teachers, do to help? Let me walk you my thinking and see if there is anything that resonates with you!
Gradual Release of Responsibility Model ... 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

## Getting “unstuck” in problem solving

As my students are building their confidence and learning more and more daily routines, I am starting to push their thinking in math more each and every day. Of course, with "pushing" comes resistance--and even complete standstills.
Many students are still at the very beginning level of understanding "perseverance" and have not developed a good sense of how to dig into a challenging ... Read *the* Post

## SIX Ways to Incorporate More Word Problems into Your Day!

I know that we all know how important problem solving is--and that we want students to be able to apply the math they learn to real world situations. That being said, most math series are rather limited when it comes to the types and numbers of quality problems available to use with students. If you have been following me for any length of time, you know that I love to write and use ... Read *the* Post