### Bulletin Boards that Work!

Bulletin Boards in my classroom need to be workhorses – meaning that they serve a purpose – not just be cute! I have posters displayed that I refer to constantly during class. My classroom is on the small side, so bulletin board space is very, very valuable real estate in

Performing 2-digit multiplication is tough stuff that requires a lot of practice and repetition (and repetition and repetition). In the past, I’ve taught many methods, including the box, partial products, lattice, and traditional algorithm. Some students catch on quickly and easily adapt to the range of methods, while others struggle

### Equal Shares as a Foundation to Fractions

My last several weeks has been quite eye opening.  Imagine – my students don’t understand FRACTIONS! They haven’t been able to make sense of the idea that a fraction is typically smaller than 1 whole, despite having large numbers in the numerator and/or denominator. I was also quite surprised to

### Still Practicing our Multiplication Facts!

We’ve been working on learning multiplication facts for several months now – and now we’ve added division facts to the mix.  We’re getting better, but I still have several students who are struggling to learn and remember them. Several of my resources have addressed these strugglers and I feel like

### How to Teach Math Word Problems – CUBES Math Strategy

“Using CUBES math strategy for word problems has been a game-changer!” a teacher from Missouri told me. Having a math problem-solving strategy for story problems is essential. Students need a starting point in dealing with all of those words! Math Word Problems Word problems are here to stay.  They pop

### Combining Christmas and Multiplication Facts

Christmas time and holiday seasons are a GREAT time to use excitement as a major motivator! Truly – ANY excuse to practice multiplication facts is wonderful and very necessary! We all know how very, very, very, very, very important it is for our students to learn their multiplication facts.  I