Making Math Talk a Central Part of Your Math Instruction

Kids love to talk, did you know that? I love to just listen to them talk. The things that come out of their little mouths can be downright hilarious. If you listen close enough, you’ll also notice kids have such a unique (and sometimes surprising) perspective on everything. So how can we as teachers tap into this to improve math learning in our classroom? We do this by making math talk a regular and welcomed part of our daily routine.

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A Community for Upper Elementary Math Teachers

For a while now I have wanted to create some way for math teachers, specifically those who work with 3rd-5th grade students, to connect and grow together. I wanted a place that was completely devoted to #allthingsmath where teachers could come to learn from each other and be inspired by one another. I wanted a place where math teachers could come to support each other on the hard days and celebrate the great days!

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Play Dough Fraction Project

One of my favorite things to do in the classroom is to actually make things with my students. I absolutely love throwing on my apron and getting my hands and the rest of the classroom dirty! Creating with kids makes for the best memories! It may take a little extra planning, organizing, and cleaning, but I have never regretted giving my students these types of experiences!

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Fractions: Classroom to Real World

Have you ever had a student ask... "When am I ever going to use this?"   Early in my teaching career this question would drive me crazy! This question now makes me realize I have not fully been doing my job as a math teacher... There should never be a time when a student does not understand the purpose or application behind what they are learning! 

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First Week of School Activities

Can you believe it is back to school time already? We just finished up an amazing first week of school and I could not have been more exhausted! After a weekend of rest, I am looking forward to the second week of school.  But first, I had to share with you a few of the activities I did with my students in their first week of the new school year!

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