#### February 15, 2017

Teddy bear counters have become near and dear to many early elementary math educators. Having come from mostly a middle- and high-school teaching background, I first encountered the use of teddy bear counters in an early childhood development class. At first I thought it was simplistic, but the more I have learned about elementary mathematics, the more I see their benefit to math teachers and students alike.

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#### October 5, 2016

When I visit classrooms, I often see students engaged in wonderful fun activities, but I can’t help noticing that these activities don’t always connect to the math ideas that the teacher is hoping to explain. I have worked hard in my own teaching to help students make the connection between fun and understanding, and I hope this post gives you some insight into how I do this.

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#### August 24, 2016

The downloadable subitizing PowerPoint slides below are based on a great activity I have used in my class over the years, at every level.

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#### April 18, 2016

In current research and practice for early mathematics education, composing and decomposing numbers is taking on an increasingly import role in developing students’ number sense. The use of number bonds is instrumental in helping students gain a deeper understanding of numbers and to visualize the relationship between numbers. Number bond activities were popularized in Singapore. However, they are appearing more frequently in the American math curriculum. In this post I will give you three decomposing number activities that include the use of number bonds. Two of the activities show how to extend activities in the *Progress in Mathematics* series to include number bonds.

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#### March 16, 2016

One of the posters that is most helpful to my students in class has been the chart of mathematical vocabulary words used for the different operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It is really useful for students when they are trying to decode a word problem. I have even from time to time photocopied it so they can glue the mathematical vocabulary in their notebook.

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#### March 2, 2016

I am so glad that you found this math blog among all the possible sites you might have landed on through the Internet, and I hope you keep with me as I continue to develop the blog. What you will find here is a collection of standards-based math activities, thoughts on lesson planning, trends in K–8 mathematics teaching and learning, a focus on the mathematical practice standards, and connections to children’s literature that can be paired with math lessons.

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