books · ELA · K-2 · math · reading

How to Use Picture Books in Math

Greetings, intrepid teachers! Thanks for taking a break from your crazy back to school schedule to do some light reading.  =)  Today, I want to talk about something near and dear to my heart–using picture books to teach math.  There are tons of great picture books that help students understand different math ideas.  This will… Continue reading How to Use Picture Books in Math

first 6 weeks · first grade · K-2 · math · mathematician

Building Confidence in the Math Classroom

Hi, friends!  I’m back at ya again with some back to school math tips. One thing that I think is really important at the start of the school year is making math accessible to all students and showing them that math is more that just the basic operations.  I recently talked about how during the… Continue reading Building Confidence in the Math Classroom

math · planning · plans · prep · work stations

One last BtS Confession

Helloooooo, teacher friends!  If you haven’t already started today was your first day.  You did it!  Everyone is back in school!  If you’re just checking in,  this is the last in a 3 part series of “back to school confessions”.  First, I confessed that cutesy classroom set-up just isn’t my thing.  And then I confessed that I… Continue reading One last BtS Confession

back to school · first 6 weeks · K-2 · math · mathematician

ANOTHER BtS Confession

Okay, friends, here it is–my second back to school confession:  I LOVE teaching math.  Love, love, love!  If I had to departmentalize I would choose math in a heartbeat.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t like reading or writing; math just has a special spot in my heart.  Which is funny if you knew me as… Continue reading ANOTHER BtS Confession

back to school · classroom management · math

My BtS Confession

Okay, teachers.  Back to school is in full swing.  If you haven’t already started, your break is probably waning.  When you open social media, you’re bombarded with pictures of adorable, Pinterest worthy classroom pictures where everything is labeled, color coded, topped with a pom-pom, and sometimes (literally) tied up neatly with a bow.  But what… Continue reading My BtS Confession

addition · assessment · math · mathematician · organizing · planning · plans · prep · RTI · schedule · subtraction · work stations

Planning for SGI (Math)

Hi, friends! I got that naptime hustle going again today, but this is the morning naptime hustle.  Slightly more predictable than the afternoon naptime hustle.  (I’m sure now they’ll wake up in 5 minutes for saying that.)  I’m going to wrap up my SGI series today with a post about planning for math small groups.… Continue reading Planning for SGI (Math)

common core · guided reading · math · RTI · sale · TpT · workshop

You have small groups. Now what?

Hi, friends!  Happy Tuesday!  I’m sure that most of you are teaching right now, or maybe on your way to school still, but I’m sitting in the living room with our Christmas tree on and the twinnies are napping sweetly nearby.  I’m going to hit this hard and fast so we can be done before… Continue reading You have small groups. Now what?