# Blog

## The Meaning of the Equal Sign

Ask a kiddo who has just written 2 + 3 = 5 if it’s okay to write it 5 = 2 + 3 and you’re likely to get an emphatic…

## Fraction Games with Cards

Fractions are an incredibly abstract concept and are often a real stumbling block for students. We have to be super careful to help students develop “fraction sense,” which is a…

## Target 20: A Math Game of Strategy and Computation

You can never have too many math games, right? Slip in a little strategy to boost problem-solving and limit the materials to four dice and a recording sheet, and this…

## Who’s Doing the Talking? The Power of Number Talks

So, I’m starting out today with a pop quiz. Ha ha. What do the following number sentences have in common? NO calculators! They all equal 120, don’t they? Do you…

## How Many More? Comparison Subtraction

Comparison subtraction is really tricky for kids. Part of that is a lack of exposure. We typically teach subtraction as take away, and that is certainly one of the subtraction…

## Support for Counting by Tens off the Decade

As I was planning with my 1st-grade teachers the other day, they said they had some kiddos who were really struggling with counting by tens off the decade (17, 27,…

## Multiple Representations for Multiplication

Assessments don’t have to be long and stressful. They don’t have to include multiple-choice answers. They don’t even have to take tons of planning. They only have to assess whether…

## Sweet Problem Solving

You can’t get much more of a real-life connection to problem-solving than this. This post contains affiliate links, which simply means that when you use my link and purchase a…

## Visualizing Compensation

I was in a training today and they had us solve a Van de Walle problem called One Up, One Down. ย It goes like this: When you add 7 +…