Math manipulatives come in so many shapes, sizes, and purposes that it's hard to decide which ones are really necessary. The truth is - you can almost never have too many. Using manipulatives lets students experience math first-hand. Rather than just listen to some...

How often do your students play games during math? Do you bring them out on special occasions only? Maybe Fun Friday? Here are five reasons games should be a regular part of your math instruction:

This week in third grade land we are learning to divide. I recently noticed that my kids are having a hard time interpreting certain phrases in word problems. Here's what I did to help them master this new skill.

Wondering if you should try guided math groups? It's a lot easier than you think. You just need 3 things: a spot to meet with your groups, a rotation schedule, and some math centers. Let's talk about each of these...

Hi teacher friends! This has been a busy month! I just want to share a few of the anchor charts we've been making in math. The kids help decide what to include and I do the writing.

Children who have been taught the key word strategy usually don't study a problem. They don't think about what it means or what is happening or how they could figure it out in real life. Instead, they scan through the problem, searching for those all-important...

Until recently, I really didn't care what kind of model my kids used to solve word problems. But as we've worked our way through multiplication and division, I've found myself returning over and over again to the tape diagram. It's a nearly fail-proof w...

Next week is the big day... formal observation time. Ugh, I just hate this time of year! Not because I question my own teaching skills. It's the kids and their inability to act like humans when another adult enters the room. Why is it that they all turn into lunati...

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