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The Evolution of the Area Model: Elementary through Algebra

The Evolution of the Area Model: Elementary through Algebra

When children are beginning to learn how to multiply numbers, one of the first things they learn is to make a pattern with objects in an array.  They count the manipulatives and notice that there is a length and a width.  That they can also count all of manipulatives...

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My Number One Classroom Management Tip for Back to School

My Number One Classroom Management Tip for Back to School

I am not someone who would claim to be a classroom management expert.  Student discipline is actually one of my least favorite aspects of teaching, so having simple things that I could do to improve my students' behavior is important to me. After ten years of...

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Pi Day in the Upper Elementary Math Classroom

Pi Day in the Upper Elementary Math Classroom

Pi Day is coming soon!  Did I make a delicious typo?  No we're not talking about pie--we're talking about pi--the irrational number the represents the ratio between a circle's circumference and its diameter.  Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th each year because the...

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Tips to LOVE Teaching, Even During Test Prep Season

Tips to LOVE Teaching, Even During Test Prep Season

When state testing is around the corner, two things seem to happen: stress levels rise, but student and teacher happiness falls.  Some of this is inevitable.  High stakes testing is by definition stressful because it is a quantitative measure of things that are near...

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