Using Tumbling Towers to Review Math

At the beginning of every school year, it is important to find time to review with your students. This time is not only crucial to see where they are on their math skills but also to observe how each of them works together in a small group setting. Using games, such as Tumbling Towers, in … 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

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

Planning Middle School Math Workshop Stations (and Upper Elementary too)

How Do I Work Smarter and Not Harder when it comes to something that involves a lot of planning and organization, like middle school math workshop, is what you may be asking me right about now. Well my friend, I’m here to tell you that it can be done. You can do this, I promise. … Read more

Frustrated With Teaching Fractions & Need Fraction Activities?

Teaching Fractions with Fraction Games Mega Pack

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 … Read more

Setting Up Your Small Groups for Math Workshop

Setting Up Small Groups

Setting up your small groups for math workshop involves a little bit of work. While there is no right or wrong way to group your students for small groups (also known as Guided Math), below is what I have done based on research and personal use in my classroom over the course of several years … Read more

What is Math Workshop?

What is Math Workshop?

What is Math Workshop? Math Workshop is one of the key ingredients in a Guided Math block in your math classes. Math Workshop allows for you to facilitate independent and individualized learning in a small group setting. While you are working with a small group for Guided Math, or facilitating math conferences 1-on-1, the other … Read more

More Math Stations That Work!

Using Math Stations in the Middle School classroom can be daunting but when you have tried and tested materials created and used by other teachers you know that they can and will work in your classroom while also engaging your students. Math may not be fun for all but these centers are perfect for you sixth, seventh and eighth grader math students.

This week I just wanted to post about some amazing work stations that I had once again in my class! I’m thinking this might become a weekly post to share the greatness that is out there! First up, my kiddos played with Hooting Rounding Decimals Dominoes by Bayside Teacher. I split this up into two … Read more