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 – …

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 …