Archive for the ‘Mathematics’ Category

  • Helping With Middle School Math Homework

    on Aug 11, 15 • in Featured, High School, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Mathematics, Middle School • with Comments

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    This article is for both parents and teachers who deal with middle school students. In recent years there has been a great amount of change in how math is taught in school. My 30 years of teaching middle school math has shown me that these years are very important for students to have and feel successful in math. With a firm working foundation in math at the end of middle school there is a much higher chance that students will make it past algebra in high school. This is important in our changing world as more and more

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  • 7 Awesome Math Bulletin Board Ideas

    on Aug 6, 15 • in Featured, High School, Instructional Strategies, Mathematics • with Comments


    Before the school year starts, you want your classroom decorated and neatly put together in preparation for orientations, open houses, and parent meet-and-greets. You may have your go-to ideas that you use from year-to-year or you may want some different ideas. If you’re a first-year teacher or just started teaching a new subject, coming with ideas might seem challenging. I started looking for math bulletin board ideas and here’s what I’ve found! Math About Us: Get the students to fill out a worksheet about themselves where they must use math equations for their fellow students to figure

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  • Make Leading Productive Math Discussions a Cinch!

    on Jul 30, 15 • in Featured, Instructional Strategies, Mathematics • with Comments

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    Can you remember a time when you asked a question during math class, intending to start a productive math discussion on a topic you went over as a class, and noticed that you only saw the hands of your frequent contributors? What do you do when only 15% of your class actually contributes to the learning environment? You come up with a different method of communicating as a class! When Stenhouse Publishers offered me a copy of their book, Intentional Talk: How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions, so that I could review it

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  • Making Time and Money Concepts Stick

    on Jul 28, 15 • in Child Development, Elementary Classrooms, Featured, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Kindergarten, Mathematics • with Comments

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    One of the most challenging concepts to teach younger children is time and money. Think about how confusing it is to their little minds: we spend all this time teaching them the worth of pennies, dimes, nickels and quarters, then switch to a clock that is split into quarters that do not equal the 25 cents we’ve just spent all that time teaching them! Not to mention how the ‘pretend money’ doesn’t really resemble the ‘real’ money we actually use. I have a few strategies that seem to make this task a bit easier. When teaching

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  • 10 Great Resources for Engaging Middle School Math Students

    on Jul 21, 15 • in Common Core, Mathematics, Middle School • with Comments

    It seems like it takes more and more to get students motivated now. Throw math work at them, and they will act like you’ve just asked them to scrub toilets. Fortunately, you can do a lot to get kids more “into” what’s going on in the classroom. Finding really good activities can go a long way toward engaging middle school math students. Energizers. Developed by East Carolina University, these math “energizers” incorporate physical activity into lessons. The activities are perfect for students who need to move, and made fun enough that students should not feel

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