3 Ways to Differentiate Connect Four

When creating my latest set of activities, Connect Four, for various topics I created a very easy to follow set of directions that made it the same throughout all of the downloads so that you could implement them easily into your classroom. After working with the Connect Four games with teachers at a few conferences … Read more

Order of Operations… OH MY! | TEKS 5.4e | TEKS 6.7a

Teaching Order of Operations

Every year it seems as if working on Order of Operations is a brand new concept for my students, as if it has all of a sudden become a foreign language. I will admit that if you are just looking at a mnemonic device it might as well be a foreign language.. PEMDAS, BEDMAS, GEMS, … Read more

10 MUST HAVE Items for Setting Up a Homework Station

Creating a Homework Station at Home

Creating a great homework station that has everything that your students need without them having to hunt for supplies is important to ensuring that homework gets done thoroughly and without any drama. Whether you’re setting something up for your own children or putting together some suggestions for your students’ families, here are 10 must-have items … Read more

Setting Up Interactive Notebooks from the Beginning

Setting Up Interactive Notebooks with Video

Time and time again I am asked numerous questions about Interactive Notebooks because people know that I not only LOVE INBs but I have been using them, creating them and training other teachers on them for the better part of the past decade. Recently one of my Facebook Group members asked, “How do you go … Read more

23 Math Websites for Middle School Students

Finding the right tools to engage your students, assess their progress, and close learning gaps is one of the most important jobs of a teacher. Websites and online applications can be a great resource to help reinforce concepts and help students gain mastery of skills and standards especially during Math Workshop. After asking in my … Read more

Grading and Math Workshop… How Does it Work?

Grading Math Workshop

So many of you have messaged me about the struggle when it comes to grading your students work in Math Workshop and how either you HAVE to grade it for students to actually take action or you need to grade it to make sure that they are understanding what is going on. First, I want to remind … Read more

7 Reasons to Use Math Workshop in Middle School

Math Workshop in Middle School

As challenging as it must be to incorporate our mathematical standards in each year, it is just as challenging to meet the needs of a classroom full of learners. The goal is clear each year, we must teach the standards and show growth but the pathway to get from Point A to Point B is … Read more