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While we were watching an episode of Liberty's Kids  The Complete Series (which, incidentally, my kids love with all their collective hearts) it mentioned how the mail was being intercepted during the Revolutionary War by both sides and that coding and Read More...



We are knee deep into our fractions unit and I wanted to share something that has been rather successful in getting my students to recognize landmark fractions and decimals: Number Strings. What are number strings, you ask? Well, they are similar to number Read More...



One of the shifts we have tried to make using Common Core is incorporating real world problems into all aspects of our curriculum. When I was first introduced to this idea that everything I was teaching needed to be totally different, that it had to be Read More...


The theme of my classroom as of late has been hard work. Seriously. My kids have been impressing me one assignment after another....and this is just the latest one to have me thinking, "Wow, that was a rather difficult thing I asked them to do, and they Read More...


Homework. It is definitely a lovehate relationship that I have with that word. On the one hand, I think the practice time is incredibly valuable for the students. On the other, I know that with after school activities and the fact that the kids spend Read More...


One thing that I am finding I have to spend a lot more time going over now is measurement conversions. In the past, I would touch upon it, but since it wasn't a key standard, my in depth study of it was limited, to say the least. But now, with SBAC looming Read More...


I have taught upper grades for a long time. In all of that time, I am ashamed to admit that I have never taught multiplying fractions using a model . The algorithm just makes sense to me, so that is what I have always taught. Well, the people who wrote Read More...


My classroom is an ever evolving entity (a Triple E if you will....). I try something new and it may work or it may not. Sometimes, things that I try actually grow even more from their inception. That is what is happening with "The Answer Is...". A few Read More...


Ok...so that is a bit dramatic. But really, I am not exaggerating. If you have read my blog for any length of time, you have no doubt heard me talk about how much I love Calendar Math . I mean, I have written about it more than any other single subject Read More...


At the beginning of the week, we started to look at how to multiply decimals. Easy enough. I have always taught the algorithm, the kids follow the rules, they get it, we move on. But with the new CCSS, the students are asked to understand conceptually Read More...


During Math Rotations, my students move through a Problem Solving station. While I have them working on their Two Ways of Problem Solving , I also wanted them to think about how math works just a bit. So, while searching on Pinterest (of course!), I came Read More...


My first few weeks have been filled with a lot of activities designed to get to know my students both as people AND as learners. I have done some really simple things, like have the students fill out a quick survey for me to give me some insight into Read More...


I find that having data on the students to begin the year is quite helpful in creating groups, gauging where to start with your students, and basically having a good grasp of the ability levels of your class as a whole. (I know, everyone just let out Read More...


Every year, as summer reaches its midway point, I sit down and think about what I would like to do the same the next year, what I would like to get rid of, and what I would like to try. This summer has been no different. When I sat down and really thought Read More...


OK...so I have started this post about 5 times, only to erase the sentence and begin again. It is the end of the year, and this year, with me leaving for maternity leave and all of the new requirements with CCSS, etc....it has just been one of those years Read More...




