Traditional teaching methods encouraged the memorization of the multiplication facts – all 121 of them (169 if we include the 11s and 12s). I can still recall as a young child parroting off my multiplication facts. If you’ve ever tried this with your class, and no I don’t recommend it, you’ll find you have a handful of kids who know their… Read More
Homework is one of those things that you will either agree with or disagree. Agree, because you know it’s a way to help children to reinforce skills or it’s a good way to prepare them for content they will be covering or maybe you are using it for enrichment and extension. Disagree, because you are always chasing up kids who… Read More
I love using games in the classroom but when I first started teaching I didn’t really know how to use them effectively. I knew their value but I don’t think my class did. My math centers never seemed to be successful!
Thinking strategies for addition facts were such a revelation when I learned about them so many years ago in Teachers College. I had been taught to add through repetition and memorization of the addition and subtraction facts, so this was something new for me. We were now teaching children to think about math and apply known strategies in order to… Read More