Let's discuss strategies for teaching math concepts using the CRA framework. Remember that the CRA framework has proven to help students grasp difficult math concepts. If you are scratching your head asking yourself, “What is the CRA framework?” be sure to go back and read this post. What is the CRA? I like this definition best. “The CRA is a three-stage learning process where ...

## Higher Level Thinking with Bloom’s Taxonomy

Higher level thinking is a goal for many teachers. Students retain knowledge when they have thought deeply about it. And in order to get our students to think at a deeper level, we have to be asking questions that require them to access those parts of the brain. Encouraging higher level thinking is so interconnected to your classroom culture, the rigor of your content, and then ...

## Unpacking Math Standards When Lesson Planning

Unpacking math standards helps teachers build the foundation for what content they are teaching to students. Subsequently, unpacking math standards provides a framework to create actionable lessons. Essentially, unpacking math standards helps us answer these two questions: What are students learning?How will they learn it? This is part 1 of our Instructional Design series. Come ...

## Turn Worksheets into Easy Math Activities

Easy math activities - is this an oxymoron? It doesn't have to be. You don’t have to be a teacher long to see that a worksheet full of problems does not incite the excitement and enthusiasm of many of your students. However, try any of these easy math activities, and you will experience unprecedented levels of excitement from your class. Now that I am a parent, I see this ...

## 4 Test Review Tips for Teachers

The end of the semester is upon us. Let’s talk about some best practices for test review. First and foremost, I support best teaching practices, which involve monitoring your students throughout the year, consistently spiraling skills, and striving for high mastery. USE DATA TO REVIEW STRATEGICALLY Look at collective student data and determine the weak spots. What ...

## Getting Started with Math Stations

Math Stations, when done correctly, can solve many classroom challenges. Math stations can meet the needs of various learners, provide practice on spiraled concepts, and it puts the responsibility of learning on the students. Seems like a win-win! In addition, technology has made personalized learning easier than ever! You may be eager to try math stations (or math centers), but are ...

## Should Teachers Assign Homework?

Should teachers assign homework? Should you assign homework to your students? The answer to that question is dependent on a variety of factors, so let’s dive in. LISTEN ON: APPLE PODCAST | SPOTIFY What is the purpose of homework? What is your purpose behind assigning homework? Here is a quick brainstorm of how you might answer this question: Homework is required.I ...

## 4 Time Wasters to Stop as a Teacher

The beginning of the school year is when we have the best intentions for how the school year will go. Let’s keep this energy up by committing to stop doing these 4 time wasters. These time wasters lead to stress and burn out - I can personally attest! LISTEN ON: APPLE PODCAST | SPOTIFY Point 1: Stop Bringing Your Work Home This may seem like the opposite of a time waster since ...

## How to Teach Word Problems

Word problems can be a challenge to teach. Perhaps, it is because we are trying to teach students to problem solve: think about, observe, investigate, and reason through situations. Which, in my opinion, is quite the task! In today’s episode, Noelle discusses why problem solving is so important for our students and provides some strategies to get students thinking. LISTEN ON: APPLE ...

## How to Teach Routines & Procedures that Stick

You may have the best routines and procedures planned for your classroom, but if you don’t effectively teach students HOW to implement those routines, then you and your students will not reap the benefits of time and energy saved. LISTEN ON: APPLE PODCAST | SPOTIFY Step 1: Brainstorm the Routines You Want to Teach The first thing you as the teacher need to do is KNOW all of ...