# Operations

## Computation Dice Games

I remember being in a teacher’s classroom and the students were making equations to equal the number of the day, which was 44. I noticed that all the students were…

## What IS Problem-Solving?

Ask teachers about problem-solving strategies, and you’re opening a can of worms! Opinions about the “best” way to teach problem-solving are all over the board. And teachers will usually argue…

## Problem Structures for Addition & Subtraction

Quick pop quiz. How many problem structures are there for addition and subtraction problems? If you said somewhere around 15 structures, you’re in the right ballpark. Unfortunately, students are often…

## Conceptualizing Multiplication FREEBIE!

The shift from additive thinking to multiplicative thinking is a monumental leap in mathematical understanding. Itโs no wonder, then, that both the CCSSM and Texas TEKS stress concrete and pictorial…

## Make a Ten Strategy for Addition

In Kindergarten, our kiddos learn their “Friends of Ten“. In other words, they learn all the combinations that make ten (ex., 2 + 8, 3 + 7, etc.). In 1st…

## Flexibility with Place Value

Just a quick post about place value and how important it is for students to be able to decompose numbers by place value in different ways. Here’s what I mean….