## 5 Math Games Every Classroom Needs to Play

…student crosses off numbers it can’t be and circles numbers it could. The person who guesses the right number, wins and gets to choose the next number. The best part…

## How to Cure the Classroom Library Blues

…the title of the book and the number on the card on the card. They give the card to me. When they return the book, I check that the number

## How to Introduce Decimals with Base Ten Blocks

…board and asking students work to with their teams to “build” that number on the team mat. You can make up your own numbers or use the Build a Decimal…

## Checking for Understanding with Exit Tickets

…effective strategy to check for understanding is to provide each student with a paper exit ticket. When creating effective paper exit tickets, I consider the following to be 3 critical…

## Playing the Mystery Skype Game

…team think of a secret number. The players on the other team ask Yes/No questions to try to guess the other team’s number. Is your number higher than 50? Is…

## How to Form Cooperative Learning Teams

…each student’s team number in the box on the bottom of his or her card. To assign team numbers, start with the top row and call it Team 1. Write…

## How to Turn a Word Problem into a Rich Math Task (Part Two)

…Some will try to draw the solution, some may write a number sentence, and others will simply write a number for the answer. Next, choose several students who have solved…

## 5 Fun Ways Pets Can Help Children Learn All Summer

…keep track of the steps they’ve taken over the course of a week, and then offer a reward once they’ve reached a certain number of steps. Bonus: have them try…

…will learn really quickly that one million is a really hard number to work with in this problem and will change to a smaller number. While the students were working,…

## How to Work Smarter and Keep the Joy in Teaching

…will be to objectively determine the number of hours you’re currently working and to set your own weekly target number. Your target number might be just a few hours a…

## New Year’s Resolutions That Will Keep the Joy in Teaching

…few moments. With that number in mind, you can choose your new “target” number of hours you’d like to work, and it doesn’t have to be 40 hours. (Even though…

## 6 Reasons to Teach Calculator Skills

…fairly solid understanding of numbers and what they mean. I don’t advocate giving them to young children who have not had time to develop number sense, because entering numbers into…