The great debate over calculator use in the math classroom, particularly in elementary school, will probably never be resolved. There are those who say there is no place for calculators in the classroom, whether elementary or high school. Then there are those who say that “mental math” is no longer necessary. That we live in an age of technology and memorizing multiplication facts or working math out with pencil and paper has become obsolete and a waste of time. So what exactly is the role of calculators in math education? Hopefully this post will help answer that question and give you some Keep Reading...

## The Beginner’s Guide to Hands-On Math

Do you ever feel like teaching math is a struggle or just plain boring? Are you sick of worksheets and textbooks? Teaching and exploring math in a hands-on way will not only be more engaging for your kids, but it will deepen and strengthen their conceptual understanding. But if the thought of making math "hands-on" is intimidating to you, never fear! This beginner's guide to hands-on math will walk you through it, expand your understanding of "hands-on," and boost your confidence. *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which help support the work of this site. Read our full Keep Reading...

## The Math Marathon: How to Train Kids to be Thinkers and Problem Solvers

What do you think of when you think about learning math? Most people tend to think about hard work and practice, practice, practice. But training for a marathon is actually a wonderful analogy for how we as teachers either in our homeschool or classroom can help students become the strongest math students they can be. Carefully planning out meaningful math experiences will develop deep mathematical thinking skills and prepare them to be strong problem solvers. Here's how. *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which help support the work of this site. Read our full Keep Reading...

## Multiplying Large Numbers with a Table: Building Number Sense

I remember the first time that I was introduced to using tables for multiplying large numbers, division and more. Prior to that, my experience with tables included reading them, interpreting them, and graphing them. Pretty straight forward stuff that most Algebra students experience. Yet here I was, in a class for math teachers, looking at a table that was clearly written by a 2nd grader. I don't mean to say that the handwriting was so bad that it looked like a 2nd grader had written it. No, the table was literally written by a 2nd grader as proof to the problem they had been working on in Keep Reading...

## Simple, Interactive Division Vocabulary Booklet {FREE}

I probably should have been as intentional with each math unit, but whenever we hit our division unit there was some major vocabulary work. Division vocabulary words such as dividend, divisor, and quotient are thrown around when little ones are learning division, so a little extra help is always needed. We would work through each vocabulary word, and then begin each small group time with a quick and easy math vocabulary sort. My son is now learning about division, and I wanted to make sure he is developing an understanding of these vocabulary words too. My son needed to focus on the Keep Reading...

## How to Use Doodle Notes to Explore Absolute Value

As student attention spans get shorter and shorter, teaching for long-term retention becomes more challenging. Students groan at the thought of taking notes and listening to a lecture, and yet in math class, it is inevitable that there will be some direct instruction each time we introduce a new concept. Today I want to introduce you to a new method of note taking, and provide a free sample to explore absolute value with your students. *Please Note: This post may contain affiliate links which help support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure policy here.* This is a guest post Keep Reading...

## How to Introduce and Teach Unit Rate: Practical Tips

So, your child is stuck on their homework. They have to find "unit rate." And you're looking at their homework paper and thinking, "What is unit rate?" Or at least, that's what my husband said when he asked what I was writing about. "Unit rate, huh. What's that?" I was a little surprised that my math savvy husband didn't know about this crucial math skill he probably uses nearly every day. Once I told him what it was he said, "Oh. I use that all the time." So, don't feel bad if you don't know the term. It really is something people use frequently, but if you aren't familiar, you Keep Reading...

## Simple and Fun Division BINGO Game: Answers as Fractions

If I were to hand my six-year-old 2 cookies and ask him to share it with each one of his siblings, he would know what to do. He would simply cut each cookie in half. Almost instinctively, he can see that he gets half, his brother gets half, and his twin siblings will each get half. In situations like that, dividing makes sense. Place a problem like 2 ÷ 4 in front of him, however, and confused looks are inevitable. So today I'm going to share a little about the relationship between division and fractions, and a fun division BINGO game to play to practice this important skill. Keep Reading...

## How to Teach Subtraction with Regrouping: Simple Strategy

One of the most common struggles that I hear from parents and teachers is teaching subtraction with regrouping (or borrowing). This is, no doubt, a difficult concept to teach and learn, so it's no surprise that it causes lots of kids to stumble. So today I want to share how I teach subtraction with regrouping. Now, I don't share this because I have all the answers, or because this is the only method to use, or because I think it will work for every single kid out there. (Next year I'll be teaching my son, and may come back with another post using a completely different approach). But so Keep Reading...

## What’s For Lunch? An Engaging, Real Life Math Lesson {FREE}

"Why are we learning this?" Have you ever heard this from your students? If you teach math, I'd be surprised if you haven't. It can be challenging to create a math lesson that students can see the relevance in and that uses/teaches skills they need to know. But it is possible. In fact, I created one just for Math Geek Mama Readers. Help kids learn and understand math in a real world context with this add and subtract decimals lesson. *Please Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links which help support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure policy Keep Reading...

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