As a full-time teacher, I know how difficult it can be to make the shift between break and going back to school, especially after a long winter break. I get it. When I was single and teaching, I can well remember not wanting to leave “jammies on the couch” mode to...read more
In today’s post, I want to give you some tips and tricks to help you when teaching geometric constructions. Safety First When working with geometric constructions, you have a lot of students handling sharp instruments. The first thing I like to do is go over the...read more
In this world of instant gratification, do your students struggle with waiting? Wait time can be difficult to implement in your classroom for several reasons, but I would say one of the biggest reasons is that from the time children are babies, they are not taught to...read more
Bootcamp Challenge #4:
How do you handle students that get frustrated?
Here are four things that work in my classroom when I feel the frustration levels rise.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to sign up for the FREE 10 Day Bootcamp: How to Teach At-Risk and Underprepared Students Common Core Math, do it today!read more
Are you ready to enjoy having more engaged students in your math classes? Teach them these three things about how their brain works and they will feel more relaxed and be more willing to learn!read 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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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,...read more
The Common Core Standards can be difficult to interpret. The question asked by teachers is, what do the standard mean? Or, so what exactly am I supposed to teach? The best tools that I've created for my classroom was a skills...read more