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Plan for Math with These 5 Tips


It's important to have a plan when you're teaching math; here are some tips that can help you as you plan your year in math.

It’s important to have a plan when you’re teaching math; here are some tips that can help you as you plan your year in math. When I was first hired to teach high school math, I was replacing a teacher who had only covered two chapters of a 12-chapter book. He knew math but was…
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Master Addition Facts with Free Music & Activities


Mastering addition facts is a critical part of becoming a confident math student.

Mastering addition facts is a critical part of becoming a confident math student. Songs, music, and rhyme are all helpful tools to aid students in memorizing and reciting their math facts. Maybe you remember Three Is A Magic Number, My Hero, Zero, and other Schoolhouse Rock hits fondly, and can still sing them word for…
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Fractions Are Critical for Success in Higher Math


What is it about learning fractions that is so powerful? This blog post will show you why you need to make sure your student really masters fractions.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—What part of math success comes from knowing fractions? More than you might think, according to a new study that analyzed long-term data on more than 4,000 children from both the United States and the United Kingdom. Published in the current issue of the peer-reviewed journal Psychological Science, the study found that understanding…
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Keep Math Skills Sharp Over the Summer


As the school year winds down, parents are faced with the question of what to do in regards to keeping math thinking alive during the summer.

As the school year winds down, parents are faced with the question of what to do in regards to keeping math thinking alive during the summer. Some kind of creative bridge between your accomplishments of this year to the next will provide opportunity for a successful transition in those early back to school weeks. 4…
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You Don’t Need to Be a Math Expert to Teach Math to Your Children


Who is a “math expert?” Certainly not me. At best, I have an adversarial relationship with math.

Who is a “math expert?” Certainly not me. At best, I have an adversarial relationship with math. At worst, I have been known to cry – the ugly cry; the snotty, tearful, “I HATE THIS STUFF” cry that comes from the soul. How on earth does someone who feels the way I do about math…
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What is the Order of Operations?


The order of operations is a convention that really began to take shape during the sixteenth century as algebraic notation developed.

My very educated mother just served us nachos. Every good boy deserves fudge. Roy G. Biv Mnemonics. Be it the planets in our solar system, the lines of the treble clef, or the order of the colors in a rainbow, most of us have relied on mnemonics to remember information at some point. We use…
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Math Journals: Questions Answered


Having your student record his math activities through writing and sketching in a math journal can help reinforce his mathematical understanding.

Whether you call it a notebook or journal, having your student record his math activities through writing and sketching can help reinforce his mathematical understanding. Writing about math processes and creating diagrams and pictures stimulates different pathways of the brain, more than computation in isolation will do. A math journal provides students of all abilities…
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Real-World Math: Fulfillment and Facilities


Accountants are not the only ones in business to use math regularly in their jobs.

Ask most people what person in a company uses math, and they will generally answer, “The accountant.” That is true, of course. Finance or accounting departments work with numbers and do calculations constantly to do payroll, pay bills, and balance the books. They are not the only ones in business to use math regularly in…
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What is the Sequence in Math?


Is there a sequence to helping students develop mathematical thinking skills?

Children tend to follow a developmental sequence in their learning as they grow and develop. As a very basic example, most children first begin to crawl (while some may scoot), which is then followed by learning to walk, run, skip, and jump, with increased speed and agility over time. As children gain more experience and…
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Should Your Preschooler Use Math-U-See Blocks?


You can prepare your preschooler for Math-U-See by providing her with purposeful activity and play in advance.

You can prepare your preschooler for Math-U-See by providing her with purposeful activity and play in advance. Perhaps it’s happened in your house. It’s time for Math-U-See, and your older children are getting out their workbooks and manipulatives. In the meantime, your preschooler, drawn to the colorful blocks, asks, “Can I use the blocks, too?”…
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