Addition, Decimals, Division, Elementary Math, Fluency, Fractions, Math Games, Math Talk, Multiplication, Number Sense, Pedagogy, Place Value, Problem Solving, Subtraction, Vocabulary

Digital Number Sense SUMmit 2023

It's that time of year again! My friend Kristin, of Hilty Consulting, and I are hosting the 4th Annual Digital Number Sense Summit June 13-14. Every year this is one of our favorite things to do, put together a conference to fit the needs of what we are seeing in classrooms and what teachers are… Continue reading Digital Number Sense SUMmit 2023

Addition, Division, Elementary Math, Holiday Math, Math Talk, Multiplication, Number Sense, Place Value, Problem Solving, Subtraction

Math Picture Puzzles

How is math learning showcased in your building? Does each teacher put up their own displays? Do you have building-wide displays for visitors to view? I love walking into buildings where you can see the learning taking place before you ever enter the classroom. Throughout my career I worked hard to improve what I put… Continue reading Math Picture Puzzles

Decimals, Elementary Math, Fractions, Multiplication, Number Sense, Place Value

First to 5

I am the first to admit, I'm not the biggest fan of worksheets. Too often when students are working independently on worksheets they are not fully engaged in their learning. They are going through the motions or mimicking what the teacher just did in the lesson. The assignment is not memorable. The worksheets are normally… Continue reading First to 5

Division, Elementary Math, Number Sense, Uncategorized, Vocabulary

Division with Multi-Digit Dividends

This may be an unpopular opinion, but the traditional algorithm for division is outdated and needs to go away. Let me explain. The traditional algorithm for any computation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) is a procedure and when taught alone does not make math meaningful and make math make sense to students. We as adults… Continue reading Division with Multi-Digit Dividends

Elementary Math, Fractions, Math Talk, Number Sense, Pedagogy, Place Value, Vocabulary

Mathematical Vocabulary- Part 2

In my last vocabulary blog post I discussed the need for teachers and students to use proper mathematical vocabulary. I referenced the 8 Standards of Mathematical Practice and how communication is key in students making sense of problems, reasoning abstractly and quantitatively, constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others, and modeling with mathematics. … Continue reading Mathematical Vocabulary- Part 2