They call it problem-solving for a reason. When students routinely engage in productive struggle, they become problem solvers! This post contains affiliate links, which simply means that when you use my link and purchase a product, I receive a small commission. There...

More and more curriculum maps are delaying the teaching of the standard algorithm for addition and subtraction until later in the year. This is a good thing! There are several developmental steps that students should move through before being introduced to the...

How do we elevate skills practice into something more meaningful and engaging? One way is to turn it into a puzzle! Think about traditional coin-counting practice. Students are shown a collection of coins and they count the coins to find the total. They know all the...

I always love it when I can help kids see mathematical connections between seemingly unrelated skills or concepts. For example, think about the skills required for both telling time and counting money. When you do either, you skip count by one number and then switch...

I’ve been reading a phenomenal book about teaching math using a strengths-based approach. We often look at only what students can’t do, ignoring the strengths that they have. It reminded me of a great story about counting coins! This post contains...