Archive for April, 2015

Great Website for All Type of Number Lines!

Posted on April 25, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |


Number lines are a fantastic tool!  Make sure your students have their own laminated ones.  Also, make sure that you have them on your walls and your floors.  Yes, even in the upper grades.  Make sure you have fraction and decimal number lines up!

Link  (scroll towards the bottom to see number lines)

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Great read about handling rambunctious students!

Posted on April 21, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |


Here it is! Scroll through they have great ideas!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Every Child Deserves a Champion! A must see video by Rita Pierson.

Posted on April 13, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |


As teachers we touch the future.  We shape our future world, in every word, smile, laugh and look. Watch this!

Thanks to my friend Alison for sharing this great resource!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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From a Bad Math Day to a Glad Math Day!

Posted on April 9, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |


I saw this video and I just laughed because the kids say,

“I’m having a bad math day…why don’t we learn math my way”  and then they go on to rap a doubles song and have a “glad math day!”  It resonates.  It make me think, in what ways do we ensure that our students have a “glad math day!”  How do we make it real?  As you will notice in the video the kids find things in real life to bring alive the doubles facts.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. NIcki

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Great Song to teach Mathematical Practices in Primary Grades

Posted on April 6, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |


Here is a great song to teach the mathematical practices in the primary grades.  I would do this at the beginning of the year when actually teaching the mathematical practices.  Sing it throughout the year so students are reminded of what great mathematicians do!

Song

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Ncki

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Great Cooperative Problem Solving Game

Posted on April 1, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |


Read about it here!  

Step 1: Students sit in a group of 4 -5.  They have 4-8 math problems on index cards face down in front of them.

Step 2: The Caller “Picks a problem.”

Step 2: Everybody writes out the answer on their whiteboards and then places their individual boards face down in front of them.

Step 3: Caller says “Show what you know!”

Step 4: Everybody shows their answer.  If everybody got it right, the group gets a point and the card is taken out of the pile.

Step 5: For the next turn,  a new person becomes the caller and play continues.

*I would scaffold this by sometimes letting students talk about what they wrote before they put their boards down.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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