I believe one of the best routines you can include in your math classroom are number talks. Number talks give kids a chance to think deeply about math operations, come up with their own strategies and justify their thinking. These are all important parts of the math learning process. And so with just 10-15 minutes a day, you can see tremendous growth over time! So I hope this set of number talk planning pages enables you to incorporate this Keep Reading...

## 5 Reasons Number Talks Should be a Regular Part of Your Math Routine

If you are a classroom teacher at any grade level, I encourage you to make number talks a regular part of your daily math routine. If you're not sure what this means or what a number talk looks like, I've got you covered. In this article, I will share a basic overview of number talks, why they are so important and how you can get started. *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which support the work of this site. Read our full Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Creative Math Writing Prompt: The Day the __ Quit!

Remember that time you wrote a fun and creative essay in math class? No? Yeah, me neither. But why shouldn't we include engaging creative writing in math? There are so many benefits to encouraging kids to write in math class. So allowing them to be creative while using math vocabulary and thinking openly about the subject seems like a no brainer to me. So when I read about this idea as an example of writing in math class in Linda Dacey's book, I Keep Reading...

## Math in Nature: 5 Stunning Ways We See Math in the World

Have you ever stopped to look around and notice all the amazing shapes and patterns we see in the world around us? Mathematics forms the building blocks of the natural world and can be seen in stunning ways. Here are a few of my favorite examples of math in nature, but there are many other examples as well. The Fibonacci Sequence: Named for the famous mathematician, Leonardo Fibonacci, this number sequence is a simple, yet profound Keep Reading...

## How to Multiply Double Digits: Strategies & Game Ideas

As I wrapped up the school year with my third grader, we spent some dedicated time working on multiplication and trying to solidify the multiplication facts. But along with knowing what multiplication means and the importance of knowing the facts, I also wanted him to see how we can extend that knowledge to multiplying double digits and beyond. Although the sight of such large multiplication problems can be intimidating, it doesn't have to be. Keep Reading...

## How to Add Decimals: Simple Strategies & Tips

I have recently been introducing my daughter (4th grade) to decimals. We began by understanding what decimals are and what they represent (and how they relate to fractions). We also spent a great deal of time understanding decimal place value and relating decimals to money (because this is an already familiar skill). With this solid foundation in place, we moved to decimal operations, beginning with how to add decimals. The great thing is, once a Keep Reading...

## I Notice, I Wonder…Helping Kids Understand Big Math Ideas & Solve Problems

One of the biggest hurdles for kids when it comes to math is word problems. Just the sight of a word problem can either send kids into a panic or cause them to number pluck: meaning they simply pull out all the numbers and guess at an operation (often just adding them up). But if we want kids to think like mathematicians and learn to be strong problem solvers, we have to help them think about and communicate big math ideas. They need to learn to 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's actually from a poster I used to have hanging in my Keep Reading...

## How Learning to Code Can Improve Math Skills

Even though the basics of computer science (such as binary) are built on top of math principles, the learner doesn’t necessarily need to be an expert in math to learn how to code. But, on the opposite end of the spectrum, learning to code can improve math skills. In this article, we'll explore some basics of computer coding, and why learning coding skills can deepen mathematical thinking skills. *Please Note: This post contains affiliate Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Add & Subtract Integers: Real Life Lesson

There are so many ways we see and use integers in the real world. We even add and subtract integers all the time, though we might not realize it. So even though teaching how to add & subtract integers might sound scary to both teacher and student, there are actually ways to introduce this in real and meaningful ways. This post includes a real life lesson you can use to add & subtract integers and help kids see the "rules" before you Keep Reading...

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