# Making Math Fun!

Today I was in a PD meeting with some great teachers. In discussing the takeaways, one teacher wrote:

**Make Math Fun!**

That is a brilliant takeaway. Don’t ever forget that.

When I first started teaching the buzz words were “developmentally appropriate practice.” Somewhere along this standards journey many folks have lost sight of the fact that we teach children. Math should be fun for them! Math should be developmentally appropriate! Fun is very compatible with academically rigorous, standards based learning experiences, IF you know how to do it right!

For example, I just found this great site that has tons of printable masks. What better way to *explore, learn, master* story problems than that! (AND THE COMMON CORE MATHEMATICAL PRACTICE 3 SAYS STUDENTS SHOULD ACT OUT SITUATIONS.” So the next time you are trying to get your students to understand the various cgi problem types, and folks are struggling with *a both addends unknown or a compare bigger part unknown.*..ACT IT OUT. CGI is what the core has adapted as the word problem framework) see the here page. 7, 9, 18 and 23).

Printable Masks! More Masks! Even More Masks!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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