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...

## 25+ 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...

## How to Teach Multiplication Facts That Stick {From Understanding to Fluency}

One of the most common struggles I hear from parents and teachers is that kids still don't know their multiplication facts. Maybe you know this struggle all too well, especially if you teach 4th or 5th grade. At that point, you don't have time to teach multiplication, because you're required to teach division and fractions and decimals. Today I want to share some tips for building a solid foundation as well as a simple plan for how to teach Keep Reading...

## Add & Subtract Decimals on a Number Line {FREE Printable Number Lines!}

Just like fractions, operations with decimals can be intimidating for kids when all they've ever known are whole numbers. But with some intentional teaching and strategies, we can help kids understand that the basic underlying principles are the same. Although this should probably not be a starting point (when addition & subtraction with decimals is new), number lines can be a fantastic aid and visual. Read on for how to add & subtract Keep Reading...

## How to Teach Multiplication & Division with LEGO Bricks

Introducing kids to multiplication and division can be difficult. All kids have known is counting and addition, so helping them make the transition from counting one by one to then adding fluently to then multiplying fluently takes time and patience and lots of practice. There are so many ways to do this, but today I want to focus on multiplication and division with LEGO bricks. Most kids LOVE building with these tiny blocks, and so they find it Keep Reading...

## How to Teach Addition & Subtraction with LEGO Bricks

My kids are obsessed with LEGO. They love to build pre-made kits, they love to create their own designs, they love the movies...you get the idea. But as a math teacher, I love LEGO too, because they are such a great hands on visual for teaching math! In today's post, I want to share some simple ways to practice LEGO addition & subtraction. The ideas are easy and don't require much prep, so go grab your LEGO bricks and we'll get Keep Reading...

## 30+ of the Best LEGO Math Activities for All Ages

Looking for a new approach to a certain math concept? Or a helpful and hands on visual to help your kids make sense of numbers and operations? Using LEGO bricks to learn math may be just the thing! This HUGE, growing collection of LEGO math activities and resources will help you teach virtually any concept with LEGO. *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which help support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure Keep Reading...

## Number Sense Activities with Visual Dot Cards {Grades PreK-1}

Time and time again, research shows that students who struggle with math in middle school or high school were the same kids who lacked number sense in the early grades. So it is essential that we help develop and strengthen kids' number sense in Kindergarten and First Grade, to help set them up for future math success. There are several different strategies you can focus on to help kids make sense of numbers and think flexibly, but one of the Keep Reading...

## Finding & Filling the Math Gaps

The difficulty in math is not that some people get it and some people don't (there's no such thing as a math person). It's not that there's so much to memorize (you can't understand math by memorizing). It's that math is relentlessly sequential. New math concepts and skills build on previously learned concepts. And while you may be able to get by ok for a while with gaps in your math learning, eventually you're going to hit a wall. And it will be Keep Reading...

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