# Categories for Teaching and Learning

## The Journey IS the Destination

“The journey IS the destination!”  That’s one of my favorite quotes. This journey is going to be an adventure. As we... View Article

## 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

## 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

## 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 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

## In the Pursuit of Fluency-Part 1

What is fluency? As a literacy specialist in my early career, I equated the word “fluency” with the ability to... 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 – For Teachers

Keeping math fresh and alive for your students during the holidays goes a long way in keeping both rigor and... 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

## Grading Practices That Impact Learning

Last week, I shared ways to shift homework practices to maximize student learning and understanding. This week, I turn my... 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

## Authentic Problem Solving is Fluid and Flexible

Years ago, I walked into a Weight Watchers meeting, shy, self-conscious, and unsure of what to expect. After signing my... 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

## Just Say the Word! (Part 2)

In last week’s post, I shared the dangers of using imprecise language in the classroom – inadvertent mistakes we teachers make... View Article

## Just Say the Word! (Part 1)

Creating School-Wide Agreements for Common Math Vocabulary I recently witnessed a captivating first-grade lesson. As students interacted in small groups,... 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

## Building and Empowering Math Teams

“Many hands make light work,” claimed John Heywood more than 600 years ago. And we still find this to be... 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

## 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

## Make Every Minute Count!

Every one of us has a finite number of minutes to live, to breathe, to laugh, to learn. And in... View Article

## It’s All About the Why, the When, and the How

Let’s face it – you and I hear far too many adults freely admit, “I’m just not very good at... View Article

## Can Math Class Nurture Creativity?

Everyone is born creative. And then somewhere down the line, many lose sight of it. In his classic Ted Talk,... View Article

## “Imagination is More Important Than Knowledge”

Albert Einstein said it best, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” As educators, it’s our job to bring this idea... View Article

## The Journey IS the Destination

“The journey IS the destination!”  That’s one of my favorite quotes. This journey we begin today is going to be an... View Article