by Chris | Oct 17, 2023 | computation, differentiation, elementary math, multiplication

When I first started teaching, way back in the year 2000, the world was a very different place. One of the first math teaching tools I found in my special ed classroom back then was a giant stack of punch out fact triangles. There were addition/ subtraction and...
by Chris | Jan 19, 2021 | differentiation, literacy

Foundational reading skills are the basics of phonic, decoding, and fluency. It’s the actual reading the words part of reading (as opposed to the comprehension part). In primary grades, students are largely ‘learning to read,’ meaning they learn...
by Chris | Jan 19, 2021 | differentiation, math games

What is Capture?Capture is an old, very basic card game for two players. Sometimes it’s also called “war.” It’s a comparing game that can be used to practice just about any value- based concept in math. If you can compare two...
by Chris | Jan 19, 2021 | data, differentiation, planning

With testing season also comes the question: When we test in the mornings, what do we do in the afternoons?? We don’t want to further stress our kids out or place high demands on them. But we also want to maintain order, and we definitely don’t...
by Chris | Jan 19, 2021 | classroom management, differentiation, math games

What is a Math Menu? It’s a list of choices that students can choose from when they finish their work. (A “menu” of math games and activities.) What goes on a Math Menu? I like to have a good balance of new games/ activities and oldies but...
by Chris | Jan 19, 2021 | classroom management, differentiation

Here are 10 ways to encourage student participation in your class: 1. Start small. When you ask a question, have students first discuss it with their partner. Then, have the partners pair up (groups of 4) and share. When students get comfortable...
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