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Teaching Decimal Place Value So They Remember!
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Teaching Decimal Place Value So They Remember!

But you’ve learned this! You’ve said this, right? I know I have. We might be teaching, but are the students learning? It’s all about understanding and retention. Using models for decimal place value helps students develop a deeper understanding of place value. This post contains affiliate links, which simply means that when you use my…

Direct Instruction…Do We Need It?
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Direct Instruction…Do We Need It?

Iย thought that title would get your attention! Now just hear me out. I want you to consider that there is really very little in math that students must learn through direct instruction, that is explicit instruction from a teacher. Let me give two examples, and then I’m sure you can think of others. Take, for…

Reasoning about Decimal Operations
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Reasoning about Decimal Operations

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) now have 5th graders computing with decimals. CCSS 5.NBT.7 reads: Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the…

Using Manipulatives for Multi-Digit Multiplication
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Using Manipulatives for Multi-Digit Multiplication

Manipulatives, thought by some to be useful only for young children, are appropriate for students of all ages and should be used whenever new concepts are introduced. This post contains affiliate links, which simply means that when you use my link and purchase a product, I receive a small commission. There is no additional cost…

Drawing Number Lines to Visualize Equivalent Fractions
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Drawing Number Lines to Visualize Equivalent Fractions

The idea of fractions being equivalent is such a key understanding for helping students develop “fraction sense” that it absolutely must be done right. Students need to see a variety of representations of equivalent fractions to help them see the relationships between the numerators and denominators when fractions are equivalent. Beginning in 3rd grade, students…

Building Understanding for the Math Operations
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Building Understanding for the Math Operations

How did you learn arithmetic? By that I mean basic multi-digit computation, such as subtracting with regrouping, multi-digit multiplication, or “long” division. I learned totally by memorizing a series of steps for each operation. The teacher demonstrated the steps, and we practiced. I’m at good memorizing, so I was able to successfully compute. I’ll be…

Using Data to Plan Effective Math Remediation
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Using Data to Plan Effective Math Remediation

Let’s face it–data is everywhere. In a school setting, theย data that drives our instruction comes from assessments, which we usually classify as either formative or summative. Typically, we define formative assessment as assessmentย for learning. It is more informal and usually comes in the form of quick, frequent assessments. Think Tickets In, questioning, journal reflections, and…