When I learned my basic multiplication facts, it was totally through rote memorization. I might have memorized 6 x 6, knowing immediately that the product is 36, yet when asked about 6 x 7, I would see no connection. I had not memorized that one yet. Fast forward. Our...

Why do our students struggle to understand fractions? A big part of the problem is that fractions are incredibly abstract. If I were to ask you, Which is greater, 1/8 or 1/4? you would likely have an image in your head corresponding to those fractions. Unfortunately,...

Worksheets have long been a staple in mathematics classrooms. But should they be? Read on to explore how teaching math without worksheets can lead to more engaging and meaningful lessons and actually reduce your prep time. This post contains affiliate links, which...

Students taught through passive approaches follow and memorize methods instead of learning to inquire, ask questions, and solve problems. Jo Boaler, What’s Math Got to Do With It? This post contains affiliate links, which simply means that when you use my link...

If I asked you to name a math skill that students have trouble mastering, odds are that solving math word problems might enter the conversation. We often think that just by solving more and more word problems, students will somehow get better at it. But how about if...

If you asked your students what the purpose of math is, what do you think they’d say? 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 to you, and I...