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How Do I Teach Conceptually AND Cover the Curriculum?


I first heard the phrase ‘slow down to speed up’ in my Master’s program- they were talking about the importance of taking the time to create common values, vision and missions within organizations.     These processes are expensive and time-consuming so many organizations don’t do it….but the culture and therefore efficacy of the organization …

Parents – How to Help Your Children to Learn & Enjoy Math Part 3


I saved the best for last!   Who doesn’t love playing games?! This last post for parents on how to support your children in building number sense is all about games. So far, we’ve explored how math is all around us and how we can think mathematically while reading, baking, out in nature or anywhere …

Diagnostic Assessments: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly


I’ve received some emails recently from teachers asking about Diagnostic Assessments, so I’m going to dedicate this blog to my experiences and thoughts on these, what I have tried, the issues I have had and what has worked well. I have also included links to download pre-assessments and answer keys for Whole Numbers for grades …

Vlog: Combining Content


Question: Do you ever combine math concepts together?   I love combining concepts for a number of reasons: it helps students to see the connections and relationships between concepts, it reintroduces concepts so that students retain their learning, and it saves me time (allows me to teach more of the curricular content than teaching it …

Early Predictors – What I Learned from Dr. Daniel Ansari’s Webinar


Early math achievement is a better predictor of success in school in general (math, reading, etc.) than early reading! I find this fascinating considering that there is WAY more funding and research of literacy than numeracy. For YEARS, I’ve been saying that numeracy is too important to always be playing second fiddle to literacy – …