Do you find that your students have difficulty explaining the way to solve an addition problem? According to John Van De Walle, "Research has demonstrated that children will invent a lot of different strategies for addition and subtraction. Your goal (as an educator) might be that each of ...

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## Got Tasks? Part 2

Hopefully you had a chance to read my 1st post on Got Tasks. I featured two resources that would be helpful in gathering great tasks to use in your classroom. This is part 2 of a 3 part post. How do you know when something is a good math task? Posing well developed math tasks to ...

## Mystery Bag Number Activities

Are you looking for a way to engage your students in new and interesting ways? Then the mystery bag activity is just for you! Purchase 6 gift bags from your local Dollar Tree or Walmart. In fact, the bags used in this example were 2 for a $1.00. The total cost of the 6 bags from the Dollar Tree ...

## Got Tasks??? Part 1

How do you know when something is a good math task? Posing well developed math tasks to your students involves: ensuring that the task is directed to the essential math content and is aligned to the standards. the task revolves around interesting problems with multiple solutions. the task ...

## HELP WANTED: What do the Math Common Core standards really mean?

Do you ever wonder, "What do the common core standards really mean?" There are times in which you may read the standards and still need further clarification. One great thing about common core standards are that educators across the United States can now share resources! There are a ...

## Rethinking the way we teach Subtraction

Subtraction has always been a topic of interest to me. As a teacher I remember teaching the traditional algorithm like the one in the image below. I talked to my children about borrowing a ten from the 5 to add to the 1. It was an interesting thing because though I used the traditional ...