When I began teaching Middle School math, I became apparently aware that my students detested working with word problems. It didn't matter if I worked them with them, I asked them to show their strategies, or even let them work with partners or in groups... they HATED them. But I didn't know why. I had to think about... my students who had been sitting in similar math classes for the last five ... View Post

## 5 Football Activities to Get You Ready to Rumble!

Blue 22, Blue 22... hut, hut! I can’t even begin to think of how many times I’ve heard phrases like that on tv and have no clue what it means! While I may not know a ton about football I sure know that the boys, and even some of my girls, LOVE when it is time to bring out the football activities in math class! This time of year we are heading into Super Bowl weekend and what better time to bring i ... View Post

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

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, yep, none of that makes sense to a student and when you throw it in with other mnemonics they have been exposed to it is ... View Post

## Grading and Math Workshop… How Does it Work?

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 you... Math Workshop stations are REVIEW MATERIAL! This is material that students have already had a full ... View Post

## 7 Reasons to Use 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 not always as clear. We must change things up and that is where Math Workshop and Guided Math play a crucial ... View Post

## Frustrated With Teaching Fractions & Need Fraction Activities?

Without a doubt the number one struggle I hear when I talk to teachers is that teaching fractions is a pain. Not that the teachers don't understand them or know how to teach them but they are such a struggle of a concept for students to understand. And the fact that there are so many concepts to cover with fractions it basically could be taught every day for at least a full school year and you ... View Post

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