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Long division, a long battle

Long division, a long battle

The dreaded words that send chills down the backs of students and teachers alike... Long Division! There are so many barriers to students effectively learning how to do long division, and each grade level that has to teach this skill has its own set of difficulties....

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Expanded Form or Expanded Notation?

  Click to preview a math center about expanded notation Before Texas adopted its new TEKS and before the common core became common across the US,  place value instruction was generally presented differently that it is today.  Teachers all around the country have...

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Personalizing Interactive Student Notebooks

Interactive notebooks are a great way to have your students keep a record of everything studied in your class throughout the year, and a fun way to begin them is to personalize the covers! It is a great activity for those first days of school when you want the...

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Base 10 Blocks in the Middle Grades

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...

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Before the First Day of School Checklist

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...

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Why I will never use PEMDAS to teach order of operations

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 expressions-- "Please...

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