Adding Depth in the Elementary Math Classroom

I'm at a new school this year and since the beginning of the school year, I have always felt that something was missing from my lessons but I just couldn't put my finger on it. I'm not a new teacher and I have taught many different kinds of students, but the students that I have [...]

What is Complex Math Instruction?

I teach 5th grade Math at an elementary school, and I have noticed that many elementary teachers and instructional support personnel  have not yet made the shift to more complex  math instruction. The school in which I work is still trying to  push small group instruction, where the teacher teaches a small group and the other [...]

Teaching Fractions, Piece By Piece

Ugh. Fractions. I love to teach math, but fractions-blah. So like with any challenging unit, I like to bring in something tangible. Remember, kids were designed to manipulate items and are tactile learners, some on into ten and eleven years of age. This activity is great for all ages and will teach several different concepts [...]

Failure is not an Option: The Interactive Approach to Learning

So many articles out there lately talk about the downfalls of education and the humiliation of the public school teacher. The question is, do we have the resources out there to help those struggling students--the ones in urban areas living in poverty--to meet the same standards as their peers? If you ask my boss, the [...]

By | February 17th, 2016|Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics|0 Comments

Decomposing Fractions: An Alternative for Converting Improper Fractions to Mixed Numbers

I, like many elementary teachers across the nation, have found myself teaching math concepts to 4th and 5th-grade students that were once taught to middle school students. Truth be told, when I first began teaching these skills I must admit I was very skeptical about teaching multiplying fractions and whole numbers to 4th and 5th [...]