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## Introduction to Multiplication: Kinesthetic Level

Multiplication isn’t a new topic for our blog - we’ve talked about our multiplication journals and lots of games like Multiplication Bump! or Multiplication Speed! But, today, we’re going to rewind to the very beginning - how to introduce multiplication! To really...

## Which math curriculum is best?

That is the question that I am asked most often when going to schools. There are so many different options out there, but is there a perfect math series? As I always say, the book isn’t your curriculum; the standards are your curriculum. The book, whether it’s Math...

## Teaching Ratio Word Problems in Middle School starts in Elementary School!

As students move into middle school, they’ll need those word problem skills you’re teaching them right now in elementary school! This is a theme for me this week as I’ve been helping my son, Connor (now in 6th grade), with his math. I watched him on his journey...

## Virtual Strategy Games

Education has certainly been inundated with technology during 2020, and most educators have had to rewire their thinking about technology as they look for ways to deliver instruction through virtual learning platforms. It’s funny to look back at the development of my...

## Virtual Manipulatives for Virtual Math Instruction

Doesn't that sound amazing? Having virtual manipulatives at your fingertips, especially considering where we are in today in education (face-to-face, hybrid or even in-class), can certainly take your teaching of mathematical concepts to the next level.  In the...

## Counting Buddy Fun

Do you have a Counting Buddy Jr. or a Counting Buddy Sr. in your classroom? Ever wished you used it more? Get ready to explore the many ways this versatile little manipulative can be used, even outside of math!  I designed the Counting Buddy nine years ago as an...

## Slow to Go Fast: Multiplication Progression

It's about that time of the year… If you are a 3rd grade teacher, you’ve probably been reviewing addition and subtraction from 2nd grade and working on concepts of place value, and now it’s time to help kids understand their multiplication facts and patterns! If...

## Visual Models: Demystifying Additive and Multiplicative Comparison Problems

Your students are all part-whole problem pros??  Must be time to enter the world of comparison problems using visual models! Some teachers are confused by additive and multiplicative comparison problems, thinking of them as just part-whole multi-step problems....

## Going Deeper with Visual Models: Part-Whole Multiplication/Division

Have you tried visual models yet? Ready for more? Let’s bring in the rest of the Part-Whole family of word problems in today’s blog! Watch this first! Prerequisite: If you haven’t watched our Visual Model Basics video yet, stop - right now! - and go watch it! It will...

## Visual Models: Your Secret Weapon for Word Problem Comprehension

Tape diagrams, model drawings, visual models, bar, model, unit bar - different names for the same thing: strategies to help with the comprehension of word problems for students.  Sometimes in math, each book or teacher takes a name for a really great idea and...