Select Page ## Using Manipulatives for Multi-Digit Multiplication

The standard multiplication algorithm is probably the most difficult of the four algoritms when students have not had numerous opportunities to explore their own strategies first. As with other algorithms, as much time as necessary should be devoted to the conceptual... ## Resources for Digital Learning

Even as we left school in May, I think most of us assumed that the 2020/2021 school year would be unlike any other. Like many of you, I spent a good part of my summer learning more about digital learning. And while many of us connect digital learning exclusively with... ## Counting, Composing, and Changing Numbers

A goal of our mathematics instruction should be to help our students develop flexibility with numbers. For that to happen, children need to experience the meaning of numbers with concrete, hands-on experiences. Three keys to developing flexibility are counting,... ## Building Understanding for the Math Operations

How did you learn arithmetic? By that I mean basic multi-digit computation, such as subtracting with regrouping, multi-digit multiplication, or “long” division. I learned totally by memorizing a series of steps for each operation. The teacher...

## Comparing Fractions: Find a Common Numerator or Denominator

“Learning to compare and order fractions is important to developing an understanding of fractions.” Marilyn Burns (About Teaching Mathematics, 2015, p 430) “Helping students develop their ‘fraction sense’ is extremely important before... ## Multiplying Decimals

In Texas, multiplying decimals with products to the hundredths was added to the 5th grade curriculum last year, and today I tackled it with some of our 5th graders. Shifting from multiplying whole numbers to multiplying decimals is a huge shift, so that means that the...