When I think of all of the teaching “tools” that I have used over the years, one always stands out as my favorite, especially in the area of math — Math Tiles! I really can’t say enough about how effective these are in the classroom. Not only have they completely
What is a non-routine math problem? A non-routine problem is any complex problem that requires some degree of creativity or originality to solve. Non-routine problems typically do not have an immediately apparent strategy for solving them. Often times, these problems can be solved in multiple ways. Incorporating non-routine problem solving
Instructional time is so limited. It’s difficult for teachers to justify spending any time on fun holiday activities in the classroom, especially if you teach in upper elementary or middle school. If you want to do something engaging with your students this Halloween, but don’t have time for “fluff,” then
Some estimate that up to 75% of the English language is derived from Greek and Latin roots. They truly are the “building blocks” of English and present teachers with an extremely powerful framework to nurture students’ vocabulary development. Why should you be teaching Greek and Latin roots to your students?
When it comes to teaching difficult concepts such as decimals and fractions, the more hands-on activities the students have the better. It’s so important for students to see various models of these concepts in order to truly understand them. Tangrams and pattern blocks are extremely useful manipulative for teaching fractional
As teachers we know the importance of adding novel and interesting twists to some of the traditional projects that our students complete. The term “Book Report” has developed a lackluster connotation, at best. However, book reports can be a great way to engage your students in critical and creative thinking,