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Are You Still Using Division to Teach Fractions Greater Than One Whole?


While reviewing fractions for the 4th Math LEAP test last week I had an aha moment. I was drawing the model for a mixed number and I realized that I had not really focused on converting improper fractions to mixed numbers. Well, I continued with my mixed number review but I sat there talking to talking to a student about how to convert an improper fraction to a mixed number. … Read More →

Using Division Houses and T-Charts to Teach Division


This year has been a challenging school year for me, however it has been very rewarding at the same time. Every 4th teacher knows that division can be and sometimes is a difficult skill to teach students every year. Believe me this year was not any different for me! One day at the beginning of the year I was talking to my students about all the different topics that we … Read More →

What Does it REALLY Mean to Simplify a Fraction?


Teaching fractions to students can sometimes become complicated especially when the teacher relies on how he or she was taught fractions. I can remember when I was in school my teacher would call simplifying a fraction reducing. When I realized that I loved math so much I decided to stop teaching  5th grade math and science and enter the world of  middle school math. By the time I began teaching … Read More →

Decomposing Fractions to Multiply


I  have always loved to teach fractions, but this year I have learned so much more about  fractions! Truth be told, I’m not a big fan of  The Story of Units math curriculum (Engage NY) but when I realized that my 4th grade students had to learn how to multiply fractions  by a whole number I was kind of scared because I knew that multiplying fractions had previously been a … Read More →

Reciprocal Teaching an Alternative to Close Reading for Teachers


One day after school while I was sitting at a table in a classroom one of the teachers brought her test to me and asked me if her it could be done in Edusoft. I looked at the test and then we began to discuss all of the different components that were on the test.  I asked her why she had so many matching vocabulary items on her test?  Her … Read More →

What Does the Zero Mean in Multi-Digit Multiplication?

2digit 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 Math Achievement?

bone factory

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

depth of knowledge and blooms

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

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

place value multiplication

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 →