Mastering Basic Math Facts Without Flash Cards

Did anyone enjoy learning basic math facts as a kid? Maybe you were one of the lucky ones that, as you passed your facts, you earned an ice cream party. Either way, it felt like endless hours of flashcards and that dreaded drill-and-kill style. Guess what? Fast forward 30 years, and as a teacher ... READ the POST

Cross-Curricular Read Alouds

As a teacher, I have developed some theories and observations about learning. Probably one of the things that lays my educational foundation is my belief that children – no make that people of all ages – learn best when the opportunities arise naturally in the course of everyday life. This idea led ... READ the POST

5 Fun Ideas for Mastering Multiplication

So I'll be there first to admit that on some math concepts I am the one saying "When will I ever use this again?!?"  But that is not the case with multiplication.  Multiplication is one of those skills that I use all the time in the real world.  After all, isn't that what education is ... READ the POST

Who Has Time for Art???? Ideas for Incorporating Art in the Classroom

I love art projects!  I am crafty by nature and if time and teaching standards were no issue we'd do art all the time.  But alas, in the real world, my world, teaching standards (TEKSin Texas - very similar to Common Core standards in other states) control what I teach.  But also part ... READ the POST

Test Review – Make it Fun!

Does test review make you feel like this?  I know that I have as a teacher - so I can't imagine how much more my students have.  We do it because we want them to be prepared.  We do it because "practice makes perfect."  We do it because we feel we have to. It's testing season ago.  Whether I like ... READ the POST


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