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What Does the Zero Mean in Multi-Digit Multiplication?

For the past two weeks I have been requiring my students complete a Computation Check Up everyday because even though they may have learned the skill they are not fluent with any of the 4 operations. Each day the students complete 4 computation problems  that addresses one of the 4 operations. The first problem is always subtraction with zeros, the second problem  2 digit by 2 digit  multiplication, the third … Read More →

How Does Motivation Affect Student Engagement?

Within the last 5 to 6 years student engagement has been apart of the buzz words in education. So what exactly is student engagement? Student engagement can be defined qualitatively by the actions of students as they complete a task. When looking for student engagement these actions can be observed: the students are attracted to their work,  they persist in their work despite challenges and obstacles, and  they take visible … Read More →

Webb’s Depth of Knowledge vs. Bloom’s Taxonomy

I had the opportunity to attend one of our districts data review meetings with my principal. It was very interesting to see how personnel from the district office dissect and internalize information. As I sat there listening to the  PPT presentation that my principal worked frantically to create for this meeting, her supervisor stopped her at the slide that had a copy 5th grade Language Arts teacher’s assessment on it. … Read More →

Teaching Division With the Division Rap

This is my 9th year teaching elementary school and by far the most challenging because many of my students are afraid of math. I have been encouraging them to continue to try even though the material is difficult for them. Last week I told the students that we were going to begin division, before I could get the word division out of my mouth one student yelled, ” I don’t … Read More →

Teaching Students to Look for Patterns-Mathematical Practice #7

This week I have been teaching my students how to multiply two digit by by one digit numbers using number discs and the place value chart. The expectation for 4th graders is that they must make the jump from the conceptual understanding of multiplication and division to multiplying and dividing using the standard algorithm. When I began teaching my lesson this week I started with multiplying a two digit number … Read More →

How Do You Keep Your Students Engaged?

After 4 years of teaching secondary mathematics and 2 years as a TAP Master Teacher, I decided to return to the elementary school setting as a 4th grade math teacher this year because I really missed teaching math. I also knew that implementing the math CCSS was going to be difficult for elementary teachers. The school that I work at has been deemed as a “turnaround” school. This means that … Read More →

Model Drawing……Help!

Like many teachers across the nation who are implementing the math Common Core State Standards, I have been introduced to Singapore math and model drawing or tape diagrams. Prior to implementing the CCSS I had not heard of model drawing. This year our district has decided to follow Engage NY lesson to support our implementation of the math Common Core Standards. As a math teacher who supports conceptual understanding of … Read More →

Teaching Tip: Breaking the Code-Context Clues

In our after school tutoring I have 12 students that I target for remediation in reading and math. On our reading days we focus on decoding multi-syllabic words and vocabulary. We have been reading a nonfiction passage that focuses on the life of an elderly lady  who did not have any formal training but painted from memory. I noticed that the students were  having difficulty finding the meaning of unknown … Read More →