Math Teaching Tips & Resources
A variety of math teaching ideas for homeschool families or classroom teachers. Learning mathematics is more than just answer-getting: help your students make conceptual connections.
Even if five-year-olds can play with advanced ideas, can they do the next steps toward formal math? Can they actually integrate and differentiate? Are they capable of sufficient level of abstract thinking? These are the questions we are focusing on as our “Inspired by Calculus” local math circles for 7-11 year olds are getting closer to the end.
Middle School Math Rules!: Workshop-Rich Tasks (with links) "One of the key components of a successful math workshop is finding rich tasks for the students to dig into during work time. Having our students engaged in deep math needs to be the focal point of our mind-on math workshop..."
Printable dot paper, graphing paper, pattern block grid, hundreds chart, place value chart, nets for 3D shapes, and pattern blocks. Also includes directions for making homemade manipulatives
Fraction Freebies for Interactive Notebooks: "We are eyeballs deep in our fraction units in 3rd and 4th grade, so I have numerators and denominators on the brain these days. I created this little set of foldable notes to help kiddos remember some key vocabulary and concepts about fractions..."
One Variable Inequalities Notebook Pages: "I issued them a challenge. The first person to come up with an operation that would require us to change the inequality symbol would win a Tootsie Pop. I bribe my students with A LOT of candy..."
Teaching Perseverance in math -- we must focus a great deal of our attention on actually helping students LEARN how to LEARN! This is particularly true in math where so many of our intermediate students already have decided that they aren't good at math.
Units of measure: Cute for a math journal or lapbook, but hold all the papers together and make the cuts line up!