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
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
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.
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
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
Motivating Math Games
Motivating kids before a holiday break can be a challenge, especially if you’re still expected to teach skills and review academic content.
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
Arr, Me Hearties! Island Conquer Gets a Pirate Makeover!
Kids often get confused between area and perimeter, so they need lots of practice with these skills. A few years ago when
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
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
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
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