Gender and Math

There is no arguing against the fact that men outnumber women in math related fields. Do you know how your girls think about gender and math? How they see their identity as a girl and/or as a mathematician. To gain … Continued

Working Backwards

From high achieving students to the kids who really struggle in our math classroom, they are all focused on one thing – the answer! Think about it, student who get good grades are continually reinforced to keep working hard when … Continued

Importance of Positive Messages

There has been a lot of talk recently on fixed and growth mindset and how they relate to young learners in particular. Mindset and it’s importance is not something new or revolutionary but rather the in depth examination of its … Continued

The Twenty Minute Division Problem

As math instructors aren’t we always just walking that fine line between fluency and conceptual understanding? We know that the answer lies in both. Our students need to have fact fluency, but that fluency is only meaningful if they can … Continued

Teaching Kids How to Study

Sometimes I think my students are so good giving a blank and utterly confused face that they must practice it at home. This week we are having our first chapter test and so I instructed them to open their agendas … Continued

Focusing on Celebration

As the days of summer vacation start to dwindle down I cannot help but begin to alter my focus to the upcoming school year and begin my gradual shift back into teacher mode. This inevitably leads to planning (or thoughts … Continued

Growth Mindset

Recently the term “growth mindset” has been trending in education. Having a background in social psychology I absolutely love learning and talking about this stuff. So, what is growth mindset? Psychologist Carol Dweck presents us with two types of mindsets, … Continued

Math Talks

Here we are, the end of summer is upon as. As we all go back to school I hope you are feeling rested, excited, ready to get to know your new students, and that you don’t lay in bed dreaming … Continued

Summer Shopping

It may seem like your summer break just started, but you know that stores are about to start their back to school ads. It also seems like a cruel joke when those ads hit and it will always be “too … Continued

Yay for Summer!

Yay!! Summer is here and it’s finally time to take a deep breath, relax and reflect. However, before slipping into full-on relax mode I encourage teachers to take some serious time to reflect on the past school year while it’s … Continued

Summer, is that you?

Preach! Summertime is just around the corner and we are all more than ready for our well-earned breather. Here are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of your summer. 1. Relax and Renew You deserve … Continued