Categories for KP Ten-Frame Tiles

Are Your Mathematics Games C, P, or A?

Serious Play #4 Imagine this…you walk into a noisy, bustling classroom where students are spread out in small groups at... View Article

In Pursuit of Fluency-Part 6: Operations Beyond Basic Facts

Because we have been talking a lot about fluency in the past few blog posts, it suddenly occurred to me... View Article

In Pursuit of Fluency-Part 4: Number Sense in the Middle Grades

Welcome to Part 4 of our Fluency Series! In Part 3, we discussed fluency with early number concepts such as... View Article

In Pursuit of Fluency-Part 3: Fluency with Early Number Sense

When Josie, a young athlete, had the goal of making her middle-school basketball team, she spent time preparing for tryouts.... View Article

In the Pursuit of Fluency-Part 2: Number Sense

When you think about the term “math fluency,” what comes to mind? My guess is that the first thing, and... View Article

The Best Math Tools For Your Classroom

I hear these questions all the time — “What math tools should be available in my classroom?” “Which manipulatives purchase... View Article

Are Base Ten Blocks Road Blocks? (Part 2)

Becoming a teacher-turned-inventor never crossed my mind earlier in my career. However, since joining forces with Peggy, this is the... View Article

Are Base Ten Blocks Road Blocks? (Part 1)

Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t already read John Van de Walle’s Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics, you’re going to want to get... View Article

Math They Can “See” – Common Visuals Within and Across Grade Levels

A while back, I was talking with a fourth-grade teacher at my school. She questioned, “What did the third-grade teachers... View Article

Math “Rules” That Expire: Questioning Conventional Wisdom

“Multiplication makes bigger and division makes smaller.” “You can’t subtract a larger number from a smaller number.” “Improper fractions should... View Article

Summer Break: A Time for Reflection

Summertime… a time to relax, a time to learn, a time to catch up, a time to dream and to... View Article

Rounding Rules: Teaching Traps That Perpetuate Rote Memorization

We’ve all done it…teaching rules without meaning. For me it was rounding rules. I had found the perfect song. The... View Article

Show Me the Money!

When was the last time you tried to teach a young child to count coins? If you’re like me, you... View Article