My Math Problem Solving Routine

After I had decided to have a routine of problem solving using word problems with my class, I knew I needed a routine, and one that would require the students to do some thinking and definitely a little productive struggle. Here's how I went about introducing and helping my students to become more independent with [...]

Favorite October Fun Teaching Resources

October is one of my favorite times of year- First because of all things pumpkin spice, second because there are so many fun things to do with students during this month! From Columbus Day, to fire safety, to nocturnal animals and of course Halloween- There are so many fun units and topics to explore! Here [...]

What is a Research Companion?

This post is going to be a short and sweet one! I'll share my working definition of a research companion and a brief explanation of how I use them in my classroom: A Research companion is a set of materials that supports students as they read and learn about a certain topic. For me, it [...]

Math Homework For Fact Fluency

If you're like me, you've struggled with sending math homework home. When I first started teaching, I went with the team and sent home nightly homework that was associated with the math program we were using, and helped students to review/ practice the skill of the day. There was a huge pressure for students to [...]