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Teaching Place Value? How NOT to do it Wrong!

If understanding place value means correctly interpreting the value of a digit based on its place in a number, then just having students use a place value chart is probably not enough! Teaching place value…

Word Problems! How to Help Students to Solve Them

Word problems are the bane of every teacher’s existence.  But word problems shouldn’t be! Why? Because life is a word problem.  We use math every day in our lives to solve problems.  Math is about…

No Tricks – Just How to Round on a Number Line

It wasn’t until a few years after the Common Core was adopted in California did I start teaching students how to round on a number line.  Before that, what did I use?   Rounding rhymes, tricks,…

Unitizing? Yes! It’s an Important Big Math Idea

Unitizing is not only a mathematical term, but it’s also a business term.  Have you ever wondered when businesses ship hundreds of boxes, how do they keep track? By unitizing!  The shipping company will unitize…

7 Helpful Posts for Teaching Multiplication

Teaching multiplication can take many forms.  Teachers are always finding new and engaging ways of teaching multiplication.  Whether it be using manipulatives, arrays, songs, tips or strategies, there is no one way of teaching multiplication.…

Multiplication Fluency is Achievable! Here’s How

If you haven’t read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series on multiplication fluency, here’s a recap.  The multiplication fluency strategies fall into two types:  foundational strategies and derivative strategies. The foundational strategies include…

Are You Teaching Multiplication Fluency 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…

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