# Categories for MATH

## The Equal Sign Means Relationship, Not Action

Blog post #1 in the series, Lies We Tell Our Students The Story A while back, I was working in... View Article

## Discourse During Math Games

Explicitly teaching children listening and speaking skills in the context of ones’ own discipline promotes the interactions that facilitate learning. In math class, math games present the perfect scenario for teaching children to talk math.

## Games That Stand the Test of Time

Serious Play-Part 1 Even before I had my own classroom, game play as a learning tool fascinated me. From the... 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 5: Math Fact Fluency

In my experience, when discussing mathematical fluency, math-fact fluency is by far the most frequently referenced topic. After all, success... 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 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

## Mathematical Motivation Through the Holidays

As the holidays approach, and with them an extended break between semesters, motivation wanes, not only among students but also... View Article

## Math Homework – Helpful or Harmful?

I remember math class as a child. As soon as we walked in the door, we would get our homework... 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

## So You Took Keywords Away – Now What?

Problem Solving Song sung to Row, Row, Row Your Boat “Problems come along in many different ways… Follow these steps... View Article

## Don’t Fall Into the Keyword Trap

I’ve done it. You’ve done it. We’ve likely all done it at some point…used a “trick” to help us find... 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

## Getting It “Right”: What Should My Daily Math Schedule Include?

I get asked this question a lot. Everywhere I go, teachers are looking for how to make the best use... View Article

## Let’s Play and Learn (Game Play in Math Class, Part 2)

As a novice teacher many years ago, I found that playing games in math class brought about high levels of... View Article

## Game Play in Math…and a Summer Surprise

As the summer months approach, you will likely, after taking a little time off, begin thinking and planning for next... 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