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• Early experiences with numbers in Kindergarten simply must include the use of manipulatives. Concrete learning helps students visualize the math concepts they are learning and…
• I remember preparing for an interview for my first teaching position in the 90’s. I was told that I would likely be asked to explain…
• Part/whole thinking begins in Kindergarten when students are expected to learn the number combinations for the numbers through 10. Below you see a graphic representation…
• What could be better than getting kids up and moving during the school day? How about helping them develop number sense as they build a…
• Hundred charts are very versatile tools in the elementary classroom. Working with the patterns on hundred charts helps students develop place value understanding. Hundred charts…
• What makes math word problems so difficult for students to solve? Well, if you’ve ever watched students fly through a word problem at warp speed,…
• Consider this math word problem: Mario and Terrence have both been saving their allowance. Mario has saved \$35 and Terrence has saved \$52. What math…
• 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…
• I remember being in a teacher’s classroom and the students were making equations to equal the number of the day, which was 44. I noticed…
• One of my most popular freebies is Ghostly Make Ten, so I decided to do an Easter-themed version with the adorable Peeps bunnies I found…
• Ask teachers about problem-solving strategies, and you’re opening a can of worms! Opinions about the “best” way to teach problem-solving are all over the board.…
• One of the most critical relationships that young children can develop as they begin their mathematical journey is the idea that numbers can be composed…
• Fractions are a very abstract concept for students, and it’s important that we provide many different models and representations to help students develop a deep…
• Quick pop quiz. How many problem structures are there for addition and subtraction problems? If you said somewhere around 15 structures, you’re in the right…
• In the early grades, students need to identify coins, know the values of the coins, and understand relationships between the coins (1 nickel has the…
• Measurement conversions. Answer honestly, do those words scare you just a little? I’ve got two tried and true approaches to teaching measurement conversions, and it…

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