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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

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2-Digit Multiplication Made Easier!

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

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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

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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

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CUBES math strategy for word problems

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

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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

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Struggling with math story problems? CUBES to the Rescue!

If your class struggles with solving math word problems, you’ve come to the right place. Using the CUBES or CUBED problem-solving strategy for math story problems will help your students focus on the steps they need to solve word problems. We love math story problems! Everyone does love word problems

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Engaging Interactive Mazes for Middle School and Elementary Math

Interactive Mazes are terrific for substitute teachers, review, practice, and early finishers – plus, they’re so much fun that your students won’t remember that they’re doing a worksheet. And – every student experiences success. If a student misses a problem, he’s redirected to the right route after working out a

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