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## 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...

## Math Problem Solving Strategies to Steal from the Language Arts Classroom

There is a common saying among teachers, that you must learn how to “beg, borrow, and steal” to be able to find the best resources and practices for your classroom.  Today I am going to tell you to steal…some strategies from the reading and language arts teacher down...

## Differentiating True and False Questioning for the Math Classroom

True and false questioning is probably not what pops into your head when you think about a differentiated and rigorous math activity.  The most plain of all question types really can become a thought provoking and multi-level activity that you can use with almost any...

## 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...

## 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...