### Mathematical Problem Solving: Mindsets Matter

Do you love math? Or are you convinced that the math train left the station without you long ago? No matter how

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

### Part Two: Crafting the Process

When students struggle in math, it’s often due to their beliefs about what it takes to be successful

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

### Part One – Crafting the Problem

Growth mindset is much more than a buzzword, and nowhere is this more apparent than in mathematics.

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### Teaching Tricky Trapezoids: Inclusive vs. Exclusive

Do you teach quadrilateral classification? If so, did you know there are **THREE ways to define a trapezoid**? Americans use either the

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### How to Teach Addition of Fractions Using LEGO Bricks

We know that current math standards require students to learn through modeling using manipulatives. I have been using LEGO bricks for many

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### Motivating Math Games

Motivating kids at the end of the year can be a challenge, especially if you’re still expected to teach skills and review

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### Teaching Order of Operations: No-fail Strategies that Work!

Order of operations can be frustrating to teach, but it doesn’t have to be. There’s no question that this is an extremely

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### Arr, Me Hearties! Island Conquer Gets a Pirate Makeover!

Do you recognize the Island Conquer math game freebie above? If you’ve been following my blog, you might be thinking that the

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### Math Mindsets Matter: How Can Teachers Foster a Growth Mindset in Math?

Oh no! I’ve tumbled down into the rabbit hole of growth mindset research, never to be seen again! All kidding aside, the more I learn about growth mindset, the more fascinated I am with

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### Making Connections with Pumpkin Seed Multiplication

When kids first learn about multiplication, it’s an alien concept. The best way to help them understand what multiplication means is to use manipulatives, and to introduce

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### Ask One: An Easy Strategy to Instantly Elevate Your Group Work

Guest post by Jen from Beyond Traditional Math

I spent a ton of time avoiding group work in my early years of teaching. There were many reasons, but the main one was that I felt that

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### Math Problem Solving: Knowing Where to Begin

Teaching kids to how to solve math problems is a huge challenge, but often the biggest challenge is knowing where to begin

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