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Mental Math Activities Every Math Teacher Needs

Mental math may seem like an ingrained skill that doesn’t require practice or development. But, elementary students who are still growing may lack the capacity to solve math problems in their head. Practicing mental math prepares students for harder math equations and also helps them to solve equations more quickly and accurately. Without the help of a calculator or scratch paper, students have to rely

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How to Write in Math Workshop

Writing and math aren’t often in the same sentence, but as many educators know, they should be! Teaching students how to write in math workshop is important, because through writing they can demonstrate their understanding of math problems and strategies. This guest post from Tracy at Wild Child Designs shares great tips for getting students writing in math through clear modeling, teacher guidance, and independent

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Peer mentoring can have huge benefits for students, including building confidence and community in the classroom. This guest blogger describes how she used peer mentoring in a math block to help her students both improve math skills and grow their confidence in math. Click through to read her post!

Implementing Peer Mentoring in a Math Block

We’re pleased to have Jenny from Foreman Fun guest blogging for us today! She’s got a great post for us about how you can implement peer mentoring in a math block to build both confidence and community. Enjoy! As teachers, we have all secretly wished we could clone ourselves so we could give each student the individual attention they need. While we wait for that

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Getting Started with Number Talks

Welcome Friends! Today’s guest post was contributed by Shametria Routt Banks, The Routty Math Teacher, and is about implementing number talks in the classroom. This post includes an overview of how and why number talks work, tips and strategies to get you started, as well as a variety of resources to use on your journey. Happy reading! Some years ago, I had a student named

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We all know that preventing summer slide is extremely important. This guest post shares a wealth of ideas for fun ways that parents can incorporate learning into everyday activities during the summer months.

Preventing Summer Slide

We’ve got a return guest blogger for you today, so please welcome Mary from NewMathTeacher back to Minds in Bloom! She’s got a great post about preventing summer slide for you. Looking for ways to encourage summer learning? Help parents prevent summer slide, the tendency for children to lose achievement gains, by building curiosity and exploration into summer plans. To feel successful children need ongoing

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Cognitively Guided Instruction, or CGI, refers to focusing on the thought process behind solving math problems rather than the end results (in other words, the answer). There are three different ways to implement CGI, all of which are discussed in this post.

How to Implement Cognitively Guided Instruction in Your Classroom

Please welcome Nicole from Teacher0f20 to Minds in Bloom today! Nicole is sharing her insight on implementing cognitively guided instruction in the classroom. I love talking about CGI, because it is something on which my district is big, and it is something that I think I’ve successfully implemented in my classroom! CGI stands for Cognitively Guided Instruction, and it is a way to teach math by

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Teaching word problems is often the most challenging part of the curriculum for a math teacher. This veteran teacher shares nine tips and tricks for teaching word problems to help your students master them and to make them less challenging for you to teach!

9 Tips and Tricks for Teaching Word Problems

Hi! I’m Jo-Ellen from Love Believe Teach with Jo-Ellen Foody, and I’m delighted to be guest blogging for Rachel Lynette. Let’s talk about…word problems. I can start by telling you that I love teaching children how to solve word problems, but I won’t. Word problems are hard. Two-step word problems are even harder, and teaching how to solve them might be the most challenging skill

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You can drill and drill about multiplication facts all you want, but your students still might struggle. Consider taking a step back to teach the multiplication concepts. This post gives suggestions for doing just that.

Introducing Multiplication Concepts

Please welcome Kara to Minds in Bloom today! She’s written a post all about introducing multiplication concepts, where she recommends helpful approaches and resources.     I landed a job teaching third grade right out of college. It seems like I spent the entire year reviewing multiplication facts. We drilled, drilled, and drilled some more. Although it looked like the majority of my students learned their multiplication facts,

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Being good at mathematics is often stigmatized and stereotyped. Learn how to encourage a growth mindset in mathematics in your child to prevent stereotype threat and self-induced poor math skills.

Encouraging a Growth Mindset in Mathematics

Hello! I am Mary Dournaee, a credentialed math and physics teacher. I am so excited to share some ways that teachers (and parents) can help develop a growth mindset among students. Thank you, Rachel, for allowing me this opportunity to share ideas on your blog! Sarah loves elementary school. Indoors, she’s getting messy with classroom crafts and projects, while outdoors, she’s running, climbing, and sliding

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Have you ever tried implement giant graphs in your classroom? These provide a fun new way to learn and practice graphing skills--life size!

Implementing Giant Graphs

Today’s guest blogger is Angie of Teaching with Class. Angie has taught in a wide variety of grades and currently teaches at the college level. She’s here today to share her insight on using giant graphs in the classroom!     In my fourth grade classroom, on Fridays, I like doing my math block a little differently. My favorite things to do during this time

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Math talk is a strategy to get students discussing and comprehending different math strategies to solve problems. This isn't something that can just be implemented right away; it takes time to build the right classroom environment to make math talk successful.

Getting Started with Effective Math Talk in the Classroom

Welcome friends! Today’s guest post was contributed by Shametria L. Routt, The Routty Math Teacher, and it is about implementing effective math talk in the classroom. This post includes tips and strategies to get you started, as well as a variety of resources to use on your journey. Happy reading!   Using mathematical discussions in the classroom is a powerful way to increase our students’

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What if we could reduce the anxiety students feel in math class with...humor? Our guest blogger learned from some former students that they loved her math class and learned more BECAUSE she allowed for lots of laughter and smiles while engaging with the content.

Finding Humor in Math Class

I’m Retta from Rainbow City Learning, and I’m beyond thrilled to be guest blogging here on Minds in Bloom about finding humor in math class! I retired from full-time teaching last June. Once a week, I visit our local elementary (grade 4) and upper elementary (grades 5 & 6) schools where I work with the kids on bullyproofing strategies. These visits fill my heart and help me to stay

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As we see the arts leaving more and more schools, it's more important to connect the arts with academics. This guest post explores a variety of ways that you can do that for all major content areas.

How to Connect the Arts with Academics

Hi everyone! I’m Suzy from StudentSavvy! I would first like to give a big thank you to Rachel for allowing me to guest post on her fantastic blog! I am a huge fan of hers, and I’m grateful for this incredible opportunity! When I was a student in high school, I attended a charter school that was considered a “Performing and Fine Arts Academy.” Before I was accepted into this school (there

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