Math Fact Lab is my absolute favorite website for fact practice. I love it for three main reasons: **it is strategy based and uses a variety of visual representations **it teaches division facts right alongside the related multiplication facts and ...

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Welcome to a look at how I go about tutoring multiplication and division! One of the things I love about working with kids outside of the public school system is being able to teach interrelated concepts together without worrying about ...

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What is the area model for multiplication and why do schools now teach it before introducing the standard algorithm? This (and other similar questions) is one of the most common questions parents ask about “common core” or “new” math. The ...

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I mentioned in a previous post that I had three favorite sessions when I attended the Conference for the Advancement of Math Teaching this summer. Two were sessions I went in to the conference excited about (Kim Sutton of Creative ...

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Here are a few of my favorite math picture books / readalouds for place value, numbers, & operations. Most of my posts on teaching specific topics include relevant books but some teachers/parents have asked for recommended books to be listed ...

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The Absolute Zero card game is a good quick game for middle school students to practice adding positive and negative integers. Game play is very simple. There is a deck of number cards, with both positive (black) and negative (red) ...

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If you are looking for intervention help in teaching addition facts, I highly recommend Addition Facts That Stick. While I have developed a lot of strategies for multiplication fact fluency , I haven’t seen as many for addition fluency. However, ...

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Proof is a simple and effective card game for developing mathematical thinking. It builds mental math skills, number sense, and fluency. You can use it to practice multiplication, division, addition, subtraction, and square roots. It can easily be very appropriate ...

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One of the keys to increasing kids’ confidence and interest in math is helping them to see that math isn’t an isolated “school subject,” but something they already use every day. One of my lines in introducing division is “if ...

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One of the most common problems I see in intervention with elementary math students is a lack of understanding of multi digit subtraction with regrouping. Traditionally students were taught the standard algorithm by memorizing steps, which they would often forget. ...

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As a math teacher I had never given any thought to the concept of teaching digital root until I ran across Kim Sutton’s book Power of Digital Root: 10 Lessons For Understanding. Kim Sutton, if you are not familiar, runs ...

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The resources in this post will cover: introducing and developing understanding of the relationship between improper fractions and mixed numbers, the 4th grade standard of adding and subtracting mixed numbers with like denominators, the 5th grade standards of adding and ...

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A question came to me from a parent: “My child understands the concepts of multiplication and division… but he just hasn’t gotten to the point where he has his fact fluency. Then he gets really anxious and disengages in class ...

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Why is it important to teach subtraction as difference and not just take away? One of the most profound ways I have learned to improve my approach to math instruction is to always keep the longterm in mind. What concepts ...

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