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  • Earlier in the year, my first-grade teachers wanted an assessment that would allow the kiddos to show all they had learned about the numbers to…
  • Recently, I read an amazing book–Small Steps, Big Changes: Eight Essential Practices for Transforming Schools Through Mathematics. Chapter 1, Keep the End in Mind, explains…
  • I’m feeling a burst of creative energy!!  I just bought some new adorable jungle babies clip art from Scrappin Doodles, and I used them for…
  • Okay, so this is nothing short of a stroke of genius, and I can take NO credit for it!  I was visiting my favorite Kinder…
  • As we enter the last 6-weeks of school (really?!), both Kinder and 1st Grade are teaching measurement.  Both grade levels need to cover objectives including…
  • Perimeter and area.  Two words that strike fear in the hearts of 4th and 5th grade teachers everywhere!  Common problems: Kids find area when they…
  • It’s that time of the year when we revisit skills taught throughout the year to make sure all the skills are fresh in our kiddos’…
  • The goal of mathematics instruction is to help our students become capable, confident mathematicians.  That’s really pretty huge, when you think about it.  We certainly need our kiddos to…
  • It seems that lately we hear more and more about the importance of number bonds, part-whole relationships, and composing and decomposing numbers. As I spend…
  • It’s yet another great technology find!!  I was just in a training for model drawing, and I was reminded of a GREAT website for learning…
  • On my reading list right now is Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra, and I have to admit I’m only on Chapter 1. Not because it’s not…
  • Today, it’s my pleasure to showcase the beautiful and creative anchor charts of Keisha Charles.  Keisha is a 2nd grade teacher at my school, and…
  • I visited with my favorite Kindergarten class to see them using the halves and whole freebie I posted last night. Of course Mrs. Bryan started…
  • Isn’t it great how hanging out in the staff lounge can generate some really awesome ideas?  This idea percolated in just the time it took…
  • No, not cement type concrete.  Concrete like put the manipulatives in their hands!!  I was back in 1st grade today where they are still practicing…
  • Students begin identifying geometric attributes at a fairly early age. Our 1st Grade teachers introduce vertex, edge, and face. Still, it seems that kids have…

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