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...

## 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...

## Symmetry for Kids: 20+ Ideas & Resources

Looking for fun, hands on or unique ideas to explore symmetry for kids? Look no further. I've gathered all the resources and ideas I could find and listed them here together for easy reference. You will find symmetrical drawing pages, hands on symmetry challenges and fun math art projects for kids. Whether your kids are in kindergarten or middle school, I think you'll find a fun resource or idea here! *Note: This post contains affiliate Keep Reading...

## Pre-K Math Activities: HUGE Resource List

One of the most fun times to learn and play with math with your kids is in the preschool years. They are usually so excited and curious and love to explore new things. So if you're excited to help prepare your Pre-K kiddo for Kindergarten and provide a really solid math foundation, read on! I share some of the basics of what preschool math should cover, plus include all my favorite resources for Pre-K Math Activities (hint: it doesn't involve Keep Reading...

## Cute Growth Mindset Math Posters for Kids {FREE!}

Helping kids to view math learning with a growth mindset is one of the most important things we can do as educators. But changing how kids view and think about math takes time and intentionality. The benefits are tremendous, however, as more and more research shows that kids with a growth mindset perform higher and are more engaged with math. Although it is essential that a change in mindset is accompanied by a change in teaching, it's also Keep Reading...

## 20+ Engaging Math Tasks That Promote a Growth Mindset

In our culture, we are bombarded with messages implying that some people are good at math and some people aren't. There's this notion that some people have that elusive "math gene" and some people don't. Overcoming these negative attitudes and baggage to encourage kids that they can in fact learn and enjoy math and there is actually no such thing as a "math person," is a challenge. But more and more research is showing up that kids with a growth Keep Reading...

## Adding & Subtracting Decimals Partner Challenge {FREE!}

I we wrap up our series on adding & subtracting decimals, I'm excited to share not only a free practice activity with you, but also one of my favorite classroom teaching strategies, called a Pair-Share-Check. This adding & subtracting decimals partner activity is specifically designed to help kids practice in multiple ways and then to think about what strategies are the most useful to them. So I hope this proves to be a useful tactic in Keep Reading...

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