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 …

Different Levels of Students in Your Class? How Math Manipulatives Can Help You Reach Them All


Most of us struggle with the wide ability ranges in our classes and are scrambling to find worksheets and textbooks for all of the varying levels of students, which quickly turns into a logistical nightmare! Many teachers think that manipulatives are used for remedial students, or those struggling with the abstract concepts, however, when used …

Part 2: How Do I Assess This New Math Curriculum?


In the last post, we explored how formative assessment is used to guide instruction and how summative assessments can be used to assess the current curriculum, including the competencies and the big ideas.   Historically, we have only been assessing procedures and so there needs to be a new approach to assessment that is aligned …

Parents – How to Help Your Children to Learn & Enjoy Math Part 2


Most adults use estimation and calculators to do their daily math, rarely do they get out a piece of paper and pencil, yet so many of us view this as what math really is: worksheets or textbooks. There is often a big gap between ‘life math’ and ‘school math’. As we work on narrowing that …

Parents – How to Help Your Children to Learn & Enjoy Math Part 1


In today’s post we will be exploring how to connect reading to math, math in the home, and math out in the ‘real world”.   Parents are often wondering how to best support their kids at home in math. I’m writing a 3 blog series dedicated to just this! If you are a teacher, please feel free …