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## Base 10 Blocks in the Middle Grades

You may be familiar with base ten blocks as a tool for young learners to discover place value relationships, but did you know that there are uses for them with older students as well?   One way that students in fourth and fifth grade can use base ten blocks is...

## Before the First Day of School Checklist

Its almost August, so most teachers are already starting to get mentally and physically ready for the beginning of the school year.  How do you get ready for the new school year?  Anyone who has been teaching for a while knows the most important rule of the first...

## Why I will never use PEMDAS to teach order of operations

I remember sitting in my sixth grade math class years and years ago.  The teacher had a homemade poster on the wall that proclaimed “PEMDAS!”  We wrote a mnemonic in our notes to help us remember which order to perform the operations in our...

## Practice Modeling Integers with Games

Teaching integers can be really fun!  Using manipulatives and games is easy with this concept.  Try out this free game to help your students practice using algebra tiles to model integer meanings. This game should be used after students have already had some practice...

## What you didn’t know about “Learning Styles”

Did you know that Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences has nothing to do with “learning styles”?  The idea commonly attributed to Gardner that some people are auditory learners, while others may be visual or kinesthetic, and the...