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How To Teach Less So Your Students Learn More

How can you teach less so your students can learn more? Doesn't that sound like a dream come true? Watch this video if your students are shutting down or if any of these statements sound familiar: "This is too much!" "I just got the last problem, now you...

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How to Get Kids Thinking in Math Class

How to Get Kids Thinking in Math Class

Solve this problem in a different way. I love this one! Kids that have always been good at math are very good at following the algorithms. But not thinking outside of the given method. They often do not like this question at the beginning of the year, but as they get...

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What Else Could This Mean?

What Else Could This Mean?

The biggest goal I have is to be more kind, more understanding, more flexible, and more effective with my teaching. Don't get me wrong, I was not an ogre standing in the front of the room, but we all have our moments when we fall off the wagon. I am not proud of it. I...

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Time Management - 5 Ways to Use Bellringers

Time Management - 5 Ways to Use Bellringers

The bellringer is often helpful to running your classroom. It gives you time to get a few things done, such as attendance and missing work. It is also very useful in helping students review material that is critical to the day's lesson. ​ But if you are not careful,...

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How to use four 4s to build math fluency

How to use four 4s to build math fluency

I love seeing students problem solve and brainstorm. There is something about seeing the concepts connect and the light in their eyes as they say, "don't tell me!" When reviewing the order of operations (or as a holiday filler, or when 1/2 the class is gone on a field...

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How to introduce negative exponents to improve understanding

How to introduce negative exponents to improve understanding

Students often misinterpret negative exponent notation and if this is cleared up, in the beginning, a lot of frustration and time can be saved. Common Mistakes with Negative Exponents There are often a lot of misconceptions about understanding and teaching negative...

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6 Things You Must Avoid to Enjoy Motivated Students

6 Things You Must Avoid to Enjoy Motivated Students

Motivation - The One Thing Students Must Have! How often do we hear teachers say that the kids are not motivated? We teach, but they don't want to learn. Many teachers believe that motivation is intrinsic and that there is nothing we can do about that. But, I believe...

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5 Tips for Getting the Most from your Holiday Break

5 Tips for Getting the Most from your Holiday Break

We all need a break. The kids need a break. We look forward to it, a countdown to it, it is a needed refreshing time. But how do you make sure you get the most from this needed time away from the classroom? Here are five suggestions. Let me know if you have any...

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