Here’s Not 1 Back to School Tip But 7!

Can you smell the dry erase markers yet?  Are you hearing phantom bells ringing?  Are you practicing getting up early again?  Yep, soon it will be that time of year again when teachers are preparing…

Warning! Are You Sabotaging Your Students? PART 3

If you haven’t heard by now, you might still be teaching your students some outdated skills.  In Part 1 and Part 2 of this 3-part blog post, I examined such skills as, telling time on…

Warning! Are You Sabotaging Your Students? PART 2

Are you still wondering what other skills students are being taught that may just be outdated?  In PART 1, I examined the concept of teaching time on an analog clock.  Though it is clear that…

Warning! Are You Sabotaging Your Students?

Ok, maybe the headline was a little TOO dramatic.  But I started to think about this the other day when I began teaching these skills:   telling time and counting money.  In ten years, these little second graders…

Frustrated That Students Don’t Know the Multiplication Facts? Part 3 The Derivative Strategies

In the final part of this three-part series on multiplication fluency, let’s explore the Derivative Strategies.  These are the strategies that are taught AFTER the student has demonstrated proficiency in the Foundation Strategies (see the previous…

Frustrated That Students Don’t Know the Multiplication Facts? Part 2 The Foundational Strategies

In the first part of this series, I wrote that we need to teach mental math strategies for multiplication.  This is similar to what we do for addition and subtraction.   But first, students need to…

Frustrated that Students Don’t Know The Multiplication Facts?

Have you’ve encountered the student who doesn’t study the multiplication facts? Or the student who learns one multiplication table and then seemingly forgets most of the facts? Or the student who studies but has a…

Overwhelmed? Self Care is Important and Vital to Success!

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Rachel Davis of Elite Edupreneurs on her podcast featuring Teachers Pay Teachers sellers.  We discussed many topics about being a seller on Teachers Pay Teachers.  One important aspect…

5 Must Have Presents That Will Make a Teacher Happy!

It’s that time of year again when you know your students are wondering what gift to get you this year.  Students have given me some beautiful gifts that were given with gratitude and from the…

3 Tried and True Ways on How to Teach Multiplication

The gateway to learning algebra and higher forms of mathematics is multiplication.  It is critically important that elementary school children learn the concept of multiplication as well as, just learning the multiplication facts. I am…

How to Use the Compensation Strategy for Addition

What are some of the strategies you teach your students or children to add two and three digit numbers?  Do you use compensation?  Or do you begin teaching with the standard algorithm?  Teaching students to…

Making a Ten is an Important MUST HAVE Mental Math Strategy

Just the other day, I taught a lesson about making a TEN to add sums greater than ten.  For example, with 8 + 6, you could increase the 8 to a 10 and reduce the 6…

5 Helpful Multiplication Videos for Your Students

Most teachers report that students struggle with multiplication fluency.  In fact, the problem is pervasive enough that even my son’s eighth-grade math teacher said the same thing at his Back To School Night presentation to the…

Place Value Doesn’t Have to be Boring!

Teaching second grade has given me a much better understanding of how second graders are prepared for third grade.  If you examine the Common Core State Standards for Math, you will see that place value…

Save Time, Money and Your Sanity with Teachers Pay Teachers

What is it that teachers need more of?  Time and money!  There’s never enough time in a day to teach everything we need to teach nor is there sufficient time in the day to prepare…

5 Quick and Important Pieces of Advice When Switching Grade Level

I have to admit that changing my grade level as the school year began was nerve-racking and very stressful.  Although I’m starting my 31st year of teaching, change is always hard.  I’ve taught mostly third…