Looking to grow and learn as a math educator? Check out my favorite math professional development books to learn research-based strategies and set yourself & students up for success. One of my favorite ways to spend my summer break is by reading math professional development books about the best teaching strategies and research-based practices. You're probably thinking, "Seriously?! That's how you like to spend your summer??" Well, I am a Keep Reading...

## How to Teach Dividing Fractions With Models | FREE Practice

Looking for a meaningful way to teach dividing fractions by fractions? This FREE digital activity for google slides uses area models to make sense of dividing fractions so your students understand the standard algorithm. Dividing fractions is probably one of the trickiest standards to teach in sixth grade. Then add using models on top of that and it is easy to feel overwhelmed! We so often skim or skip over using and teaching models with our Keep Reading...

## Build Math Habits: Notice Math Patterns & Structure

Mathematics is the science of patterns. Encourage your students to look for and make sense of math patterns & structure in order to deepen understanding and retain what they learn. Welcome back to my series on the Standards for Mathematical Practice! I have enjoyed reading and thinking through different ways we can foster these habits in our classrooms and encourage kids to think deeply about math. *Please Note: This post contains Keep Reading...

## Build Math Habits: Model with Math & Visual Tools

Want to encourage independent math thinking? Help your kids learn how to model with math & visual tools as they seek to solve problems. Find ideas & free resources to help below! Welcome back to my series on the Standards for Mathematical Practice! In each article I'm trying to unpack these standards in a way that makes sense so that you can help your students develop these math habits. This will help them to move beyond memorization Keep Reading...

## Build Math Habits: Talk About Math & Justify Thinking

Teach your kids to talk about math and justify math thinking as they explore and grow as mathematicians. Use these tips and free resources to get started! Today I am continuing my series on the Standards for Mathematical Practice. The goal of this series is to help our students build strong math habits so they can be thinkers and problem solvers. *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which support the work of this site. Read Keep Reading...

## Virtual 100th Day of School Math Activities {FREE Resources}

Looking for ways to make your 100th day fun and festive while teaching remotely? Find simple ways to include virtual 100th day math activities in your celebration. The official date changes from year to year, but sometime in January we usually hit our 100th day of school. This is a fun milestone to celebrate and helps us to press on to finish the school year well. If you are meeting in person, you might like some of the ideas in this post: 100 Keep Reading...

## Build Math Habits: How to Persevere in Problem Solving

Help grow your students into strong math thinkers who are able to persevere in problem solving using the tips included here. Plus, grab a free printable poster set for your classroom! Today is the start of a short series here that I'm calling, "Build Math Habits." Although we certainly want to teach the math content and cover all the necessary skills, there are other aspects of our math teaching to consider, not in addition to the content, but Keep Reading...

## Printable Math Manipulatives | FREE Download

Looking for an easy way to provide visual, hands on math tools for your kids without spending a fortune? This FREE set of printable math manipulatives is just what you need. As we gear up for possibly the strangest, hardest back to school season any of us have ever seen, there are unique needs for teachers and students. As I discussed things with a teacher friend, I asked how I could help her prepare and meet the needs of students and one Keep Reading...

## Simple Daily Math Warm-Ups to Build Number Sense

Looking for a way to start math each day to get kids' brains working and also build number sense and problem solving skills? Here are simple, daily math warm-ups you can implement in 10-15 minutes. When I was in school, most of my middle and high school classes had a daily 'math warm up' time to get us going. The drill was simple: come to class, get out a blank piece of paper and answer the 5 math problems on the chalkboard. Was this helpful? Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Mental Math Challenge for Kids: Exercise Your Brain!

Looking for a unique and fun mental math challenge for your kids to build number sense? This activity is easy to differentiate with multiple levels and the open ended design. How fluent are your kids with math facts and computation skills? Do you want something fun and engaging, yet challenging for their mind when schools are closed? It's important to keep up mental math skills like adding, subtracting and multiplication or they will be Keep Reading...

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