math study skills

10 Steps to Improving Your Math Mark

A very important idea:  “You learn math by doing”: actively paying attention in class, actively studying, and working through all assigned work. If you want to be good at tennis, it is not enough to watch tennis how-to videos over and over again, the same is with math - you must practice.   If you… Continue reading 10 Steps to Improving Your Math Mark

building community, cooperative learning

A Great Way to Build Community in your Classroom

A class is a community.  And to become a trusting community, bonds must be built between students.  What better way than to get to know each other. A question a day. What does this do? Breaks the barriers between students - when they get to know the interests of other students, what they like and… Continue reading A Great Way to Build Community in your Classroom

math games, Teams Games Tournament

Integers: Teaching Tips and Effective Resources!

As a parent or teacher, have you ever had to explain and re-explain Adding and Subtracting Integers? Why do two negatives make a positive…..here are two methods that are clear for the students to understand. Let’s consider the following two examples. Example 1: 5 – 4 Example 2: 5 – (-4) Conceptualizing Example 1 is fairly straight forward… we can […]

Learning Styles

Learning Styles: An Effective Visual for Your Class

All students have different learning styles; knowing one's preferred learning style helps in a student's meta-cognition. As a classroom teacher, if I am aware of the class distribution of styles, I CAN ensure I cover all the bases! There are many online tools to survey the students, the categories may vary, but essentially include: VISUAL,… Continue reading Learning Styles: An Effective Visual for Your Class

cooperative learning, fractions, mathematics

Multiplying Fractions: A 48 Question Chaos-Free Card Game

Could your students use extra practice in multiplying fractions? Tired of same-old-same-old worksheets?  This 48 question activity is for you.  It is student tested, student approved and has many years of research behind it.  This is a Teams Games Tournament strategy in which 2 students play against 2 other students in a fun, yet organized game.… Continue reading Multiplying Fractions: A 48 Question Chaos-Free Card Game

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Exponent Rules: An Effective Review Game

Have you ever tried to use a Math Review game in class and it ended in CHAOS? If so, you need to try this Teams Games Tournament strategy for reviewing important concepts.  The game has 48 questions dealing with multiplying powers dividing powers power to the power combination questions   The students pair up, then… Continue reading Exponent Rules: An Effective Review Game