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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!! Â 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! Â I was visiting my favorite Kinder…
• As we enter the last 6-weeks of school (really?!), both Kinder and 1st Grade are teaching measurement. Â Both grade levels need to cover objectives including…
• Perimeter and area. Â Two words that strike fear in the hearts of 4th and 5th grade teachers everywhere! Â 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 mathematicsÂ instructionÂ is to help our students become capable,Â confidentÂ mathematicians. Â That’s really pretty huge, when you think about it. Â 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!!Â  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. Â 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. Â Concrete like put the manipulatives in their hands!! Â 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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