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Close Reading Lesson: Faithful Elephants by Yukio Tsuchiya

Close reading is when a reader analyzes the details of a text to make interpretations and develop a deep understanding of the passage. Often the reader uses a short text and rereads the passage several times focusing on a different literary element with each read... Continue Reading

June 22, 2017

Practice Multiplication and Division Fact Families Using Arrays

Making sure that every child is solid in his or her multiplication and division facts is critical to students’ success in their later coursework and in life itself! Though I have seen many activities in my time as a teacher, I haven’t seen any that focus on using arrays to help students learn multiplication and division fact families.

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June 14, 2017

P3: Partner Problem-Solving Protocol and Graphic Organizer

In this era of increased demands on student reasoning in mathematics, I have been thinking about how to incorporate more student reasoning into my classroom. I came up with the P3: Partner Problem-Solving Protocol and Graphic Organizer.

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May 30, 2017

Five Math Strategies for Struggling Students

Because I was never a struggling learner in math, at first it was hard for me to understand why students struggled so much. In my journey as a math tutor, a math instructor from fifth grade through college, and a math specialist focused on the middle school grades, I have had to learn to connect with my struggling students. It is when that connection is made that they open up to me and are able to accept help using the research-based strategies that I know work.

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May 16, 2017

The Importance of Composing and Decomposing Shapes in Early Elementary School

Playing with pattern blocks, tangrams, and other manipulatives in order to create new shapes can be fun for early elementary students. In addition to being fun, there are many important concepts that students can develop while working to build and decompose shapes.

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May 8, 2017

How the Number Line Should Be Used at Each Grade Level to Support Coherence in Mathematics

Using number lines is one of those topics that are often taken for granted in the elementary and middle school curriculum. With the advent of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, their use is spelled out explicitly, beginning in Grade 2.

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April 27, 2017

Eight Ways to Compare Fractions in the Late Elementary Grades

When I was younger, I only learned one way to compare fractions. It wasn’t until I was tutoring math as a community college student that I started to explore the different ways of representing and comparing fractions. There have been a few times as a teacher when I have had “Aha!” moments that have given me even deeper insights into fractions.

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