 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... ## New Digital Math Games!

The other day, I posted a picture of something I was working on to Facebook and Instagram, and I was blown away by the response! Yes, I am working to digitize my resources. This is not only in response to the increased need for resources to support remote learning in... ## Developing Automaticity with Basic Math Facts

The standards, whether the CCSSM or the TEKS in Texas, definitively state that students should develop fluency with calculations, and that means automaticity with basic facts. Knowing math facts is similar to knowing sight words–it frees up the mind to... ## 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... ## Online Multiplication Fact Practice

The debate rages over whether or not students should “memorize” their facts. We should really be discussing automaticity or fluency, not memorization. Our instructional practices should also stress understanding of the concepts behind math facts, rather... ## 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...