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9 Essential Steps for Teaching Telling Time

Teaching how to tell time can be a welcome break from computation. But, depending on students’ background knowledge, navigating an analog clock can prove tricky for some. Here’s 9 essential steps for teaching telling time. Pre-assessment The most successful math units begin with pre-assessing. I find this especially helpful with

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Place Value Game: How to Play Trash Can Math:

Are you ready for THE BEST beginning of the year math game ever?! In this post, I’m going to teach you how to play Trash Can Math–a place value game!  I learned this game two years ago when I was filling in for a teacher on maternity leave.  We got

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Strengthen Math Fact Fluency with Flashcards

Year after year, I had students who struggled with mastering their math facts. It made it difficult to confidently move on in teaching more complex mathematical concepts. In this post, I’m discussing how to build a toolbox of strategies to strengthen math fact fluency with flashcards. In order to become

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How to Use Digital Memory Games

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ways to be sneaky with learning. If my students have no idea they are working their brains but yet they are fully engaged, I’ve reached my ultimate goal.  When I was developing new activities for back to school this year,

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Quick and Fun Time-Fillers for the Classroom

Let’s talk about quick and fun time-fillers for the classroom. As teachers, we know that our days are full of unexpected changes, disruptions and obstacles. No matter how much planning we do, it seems inevitable that we have to pivot.  In the words of Marcia Brady “Something suddenly came up.”

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How to Play the Game Zip, Zap, Zop in your Classroom

When we first starting Zooming, figuring out how to lead class meetings that were fun was my top priority. At that time, I didn’t realize how much teachers everywhere would be looking for solutions for the same thing. As online and hybrid teaching models took over the school year, being

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Freshen Up Your Morning Meeting Routine

Do you want to implement a morning meeting into your schedule? Are you already using morning meetings but looking for ways to polish the structure and get more benefits out of that time? Morning meetings are like breakfast–the most important part of the day. But, you need to get a

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How to Play Virtual Valentine’s Day Bingo

Valentine’s day in the classroom can be overwhelming! It just seems like there is SO much going on in February–Groundhog’s Day, 100th Day, Presidents’ Day. You can keep Valentine’s Day low key and still have a lot of fun. Here’s how to play Virtual Valentine’s Day Bingo. Here’s how you

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Free Games & Activities for Virtual Class Meetings

Keeping students engaged when teaching virtually can certainly be challenging. Here are some free games & activities for virtual class meetings.  I wanted to make sure I had fun, fresh resources to review skills and continue building our classroom community in engaging ways. I know not everyone can use Zoom.

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My First 3 Math Lessons of the School Year

Planning for the beginning of the year is so important for setting the tone in your classroom. For my first 3 math lessons of the school year, I ask myself “What do I want to communicate about what is valued in our classroom in this subject area?“ In math, I

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