I have a confession…my very first year teaching I tried teaching comparing fractions the “right” way, and my kids just weren’t getting it. So, I just taught them fraction war instead…butterfly…cross multiply, whatever name you want to give it. Whewwww! My own understanding of fractions wasn’t deep enough to know any better. The next year…

Math Problem Solving Resources and Strategies
Teaching students to read and understand word problems is one of the most difficult challenges math teachers face. Many of these word problems are multistep…and often times not grade appropriate. What’s a teacher to do?!? Here’s some resources that have been game changers for me when helping my students learn to be great math problem…

Building Multiplication Fact Fluency
***** This post contains affiliate links***** The biggest complaint I hear from 4th and 5th grade teacher is “They don’t know their facttsssss!!!” I know it can be quite a challenge to teach students the skills they need to know in 4th and 5th grade (multidigit multiplication, long division, etc.) when they don’t know their…

 Guided Math and Math Stations
 Upper Elementary Classroom Management
 Upper Elementary Math Activities
Daily Math Warm Up Activities
*this post may contain affiliate links I believe that any successful classroom starts with some type of daily warm up or bell ringer. Something that the students are expected to do right when they come in to class. A daily math warm up sets the tone for the rest of the class period. It also…