One of the most important things students should be learning in math class is not some specific, useful math topic or skill, but how to problem solve. Math is not easy! If students understand that math is hard, and requires thinking and practicing, they will be less likely to give up at the first sign of trouble. If students understand that it’s ok to wrestle with a problem for a little while, and maybe even make some mistakes first, they won’t be as frustrated when the answer doesn’t simply pop into their head the first time they read the problem. Sometimes, the best way to solve a difficult Keep Reading...

## 5 Reasons to Read in Math Class

Photo Credit: Risen1 via Compfight cc I will never forget my first day in my Reading Across the Curriculum masters class. The goal and purpose of the class was to learn how to integrate reading and good books into any and all classrooms. As a future math teacher, I scoffed at this frustrating requirement. "This is great. This class will be relevant to everyone but me. How unfair! How unnecessary!" I would complain. And then the class began. It was one of the most useful classes of my educational journey and I discovered that there are wonderful math books that beautifully weave math into Keep Reading...

## Time For Spring! {FREE Telling Time Practice Worksheets!}

Are you ready for spring?? I know we are here at our house! To celebrate the coming warm weather and all the blessings of spring, I've put together some fun, spring themed worksheets to work on telling time! I've been working on telling time with my daughter, so I created these to work on skills with her and thought you might enjoy them too! This set includes a page for telling the correct time to solve a spring-themed riddle, a page to practice correctly drawing the hands on a clock, a matching page as well as a few time story problems (relatively simple). {Click HERE to go to my Keep Reading...

## Math Myths Debunked: Math is Just a Set of Rules to Memorize

I’ve heard this myth in various forms from various people all my life. I’m sure you have too! And I’m sure in some classrooms {unfortunately} there is truth to it. But it doesn’t have to be this way! What is this math myth? “Math is just a boring set of rules and formulas to memorize.” Let me let you in on a little secret: Math is NOT just rules and formulas! And Math should not be learned (and I would argue cannot be learned in a meaningful way) by memorizing! Math is beautiful! Math is a unique language that models all the things in the world around us. It shows us how things Keep Reading...

## Alcumus Online Learning {A Review}

I recently stumbled upon an online resource that looked useful, especially since it is completely free. It’s from the people at Art of Problem Solving and this particular resource is called Alcumus. I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially since I haven’t used any other AoPS materials, and I do not have the curriculum that it is meant to complement. But after playing with it and experimenting, I am happy to say that it seems to be an incredibly helpful and useful tool. Please note: This is NOT a teaching tool or online class to learn the content. This interactive tool is meant to Keep Reading...

## 5 Tips to ROCK ACT or SAT Math!

Preparing for such a lengthy and cumbersome test such as the ACT (or SAT) can be daunting, especially if you are preparing for your first attempt. It can be overwhelming and scary, but it doesn’t have to be! There are plenty of ways to make sure you go in ready to do your absolute best, and come out with a fantastic math score! Here are some excellent tips to succeed at ACT or SAT math. *Please Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and help support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure here.* Here are my top 5 tips to succeed at ACT or SAT math: 1. Get Keep Reading...

## Math Myths DEBUNKED: There is NO Such Thing as a Math Person!

I’ve heard the cop out from students and parents alike. The excuse that’s given and accepted as truth before a student even sets foot inside my classroom. As if there is some specific, genetic trait that has simply been lost to them. There is therefore no hope, so they shrug it off and just hope to goodness I am nice enough to let them pass. “I'll never catch on or do well. I’m just not a math person.” Well, I have news for you! Neither am I! I struggled in Algebra 1 with a teacher who moved quickly and was unapproachable. And even though I made it through and went on to take Keep Reading...

## 10 Things Every Good Mathematician Should Do

Everyone can be a mathematician. Every student can succeed at math! But not every student walks into class already knowing how to think like a mathematician, problem solve and think logically. So here is a list of ten things every student can learn to do and practice as they tackle math problems to become a better mathematician (and better problem solver!). This list is not my own, it is actually from a poster I used to have hanging in my classroom. But I did not hang this poster simply because it was cute and took up a lot of space on my otherwise bare walls (I was a high school math Keep Reading...

## The Importance of Math Vocabulary

Some of the most common errors I have seen teaching algebra occur because students simply cannot accurately "translate" words into mathematical models, or because they do not understand math "jargon" such as evaluate or simplify. I think this problem could easily be avoided, however, if one or two days were spent focusing on these skills. We cannot expect students to walk into class with a clear understanding of "math words" if they were never explicitly taught. Math is a language we must teach students, just as Spanish or French must be taught and learned. No one would expect a student to Keep Reading...