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Concrete learning is so important for conceptual understanding, but it must also be connected to the abstract.

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**Earth Day Freebie**

It's a big weekend here on my blog! Over the next couple of days, I'm migrating to a redesigned WordPress format. It's exciting, and I think you'll love the new look. There might be a few glitches as the transition takes place, so please give me some gra...

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**Developing Fraction Sense**

The Problem It all started with a question...where should I put 3/4 on the number line? I was starting a unit with my 4th grade RTI kiddos on fractions, and the question was meant to activate prior knowledge and give me a baseline of their understanding. ...

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**What Makes a Teacher Outstanding?**

Tonight I'm asking you to help me write a blog post. We have all read or heard the research that states that teacher quality is the single most important factor in student success. Not class size, not resources, not even socioeconomic factors. Teacher qu...

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**What's My Number? Differentiating in K-1**

In her book How Children Learn Number Concepts , Kathy Richardson devotes an entire chapter to composing and decomposing numbers. It may surprise you that the title of the chapter is Understanding Addition and Subtraction: Parts of Numbers. This quote s...

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**Rebranding "Showing Work"**

Marketers know that a product's brand is everything. If a product is not selling to its potential, one solution is often to tweak the brand, or "rebrand" the product. Kentucky Fried Chicken changed their branding to KFC to de-emphasize 'fried chicken" and...

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**Fly on the Math Teacher's Wall: Fractions**

Welcome to the Fly on the Math Teacher's Wall blog hop! In this recurring blog hop series, a great group of mathematics bloggers, covering all grade levels, band together to squash mathematical misconceptions. This time around, we're tackling fractions. T...

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**What I'm Reading...Intentional Talk**

"When we press beyond procedural explanations into explanations that include reasoning, we are supporting students in justifying their ideas." Intentional Talk (Kazemi/Hintz) When you are planning instruction, how often do you consider the sound of your ma...

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