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

Next Years Plan

My plan for next year is to get all the manipulatives I plan on using organized and ready to be given out to the students. My school started using a new curriculum last year so I had the privilege of … 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

What is Fluency?

While timed testing has been shown to create a burst of adrenaline, resulting in improved long-term recall of math facts, there are other areas in the classroom where you can integrate fluency. Of course, the following examples can always be … Continued

Keeping it Neat in 6th Grade

Dealing with messy student work is one of my least favorite parts of teaching. The headache of trying to decipher what they’ve written accompanied by the horror of realizing they made a simple mistake because they didn’t line up their … Continued

Homework

To assign or not to assign, that is the question. Or wait…maybe the question is to grade or not to grade. To review in class or not to review in class. Ah! Homework can be a complete nightmare. I have … Continued

Post–it Warm Ups

This month I have been experiment with different warm-up activities as we review previous lessons in preparation of the day’s new lesson. My favorite new warm-up is Post-it centers. This activity would also work well as a review or for … Continued

Summer Math Fun

Summer Math Fun One important thing I have attempted to impart on the parents of my students this year is just how naturally mathematic their children are.  Before their kids even set foot in the kindergarten classroom this school year … Continued