How to Overcome 6 Common Order of Operations Mistakes

I LOVE teaching Order of Operations.  It is one of those topics in math that students are initially totally overwhelmed by, but once they get the hang of it, they love it too!  It is so fun having students tell me how easy it is and to watch their eyes light up as they "get …

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5 Things You Need to Know Before Teaching Fraction Line Plots

When I started teaching Common Core and came to the standard about Making and Interpreting Fraction Line Plots, frankly, I was at a total loss. I have learned a LOT about how to make this standard attainable for students, and here are some tips I have come up with: Teach the Vocabulary - This standard …

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The Best Way to Teach Adding and Subtracting Fractions

It's that moment you've been worried about.  The time to teach your students to teach adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators has come.  There are SO many components and skills that really work into needing to complete this task! What's a teacher to do??? Do you teach them a "trick" like the butterfly method, …

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The Top 3 Materials for Any Engage NY Math Lesson

Often, students will need different materials on hand for one curriculum to the next.  When you are teaching using Engage NY math, there are a few things you want to have on-hand and ready to go for the lessons. Personal White Boards - In the teacher's guides, EngageNY suggests teachers use page protectors with sheets of …

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How to Fit an Engage NY Lesson into a Short Math Block

When asked to start using the Engage NY curriculum to teach math, I was completely overwhelmed.  I started printing out the modules (I know it's SO much paper, but I need to be hands-on when I'm teaching), and just about lost it.  THERE WAS SO MUCH THERE! I had no clue where to start! SO, …

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Helping Students Master Decimal Place Value

So, I've taught fifth grade for 9 years now, and one topic that consistently baffles my struggling students is that of the decimal place value positions. There are some things they just can't seem to wrap their minds around... ...why isn't there a oneths place? ....why do the positions' names sound like bigger numbers as …

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Building Meaningful Relationships with Students…the Right Way

One of the best ways to get students engaged (and loving school) is through the development if trust and positive relationships. For some, this come naturally, yet for others, it can be a struggle. There are many things you can do to connect with your students in a meaningful, positive, appropriate way: Be aware. Every …

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