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Fraction Worksheets

Tuesday May 27, 2014

This week, I put together 10 worksheets for basic fractions. The fraction is given and the student is to shade the area to show the correct fraction. Lots of authentic learning experiences are needed when fractions are involved. Remember, fractions represent both parts of a whole and parts of a set. Consider a dozen eggs and what half of a dozen eggs would be? Eggs are part of a set, however, if I ask for a half of a rectangle, this fraction represents part of the whole.

See more resources for fractions.

Effective Method to Study for Math

Monday May 26, 2014

It's that time of year where tests and exams are plentiful in order to determine those year end marks. Many of you will be studying by cramming, burning the midnight oil, going over various concepts, working through equations and memorizing formulas to name a few.  However, I would like to suggest a method to study that can be used all year long, it's called taking effective notes in math. If you've wondered how taking notes in math works, this article will get you started. After all, note taking is an effective strategy in other subjects and just needs a different approach in math.

Fraction Worksheets and Printables

Friday May 23, 2014

Any teacher will tell you that:  "They just don't get Fractions and Integers".  These two concepts tend to give our younger learners grief. However, keep the learning concrete and authentic and be sure to follow up with lots of practice.  Here is the index to numerous worksheets for fractions which include, common denominators, fractions and the four operations, simplifying fractions, equivalent fractions, improper fractions and much more.

Geometry in Kindergarten

Tuesday May 20, 2014

What do kindergarten students need to learn about Geometry according to the Common Core math standards?  They need to know about both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes and solids, they need some understanding of what it means to decompose and compose shapes and solids, they need to know the names of a variety of polygons and how to describe them just to name a few. This week, you'll find some helpful hints about teaching geometry to young kindergarten students.

Parents Speak Out About Common Core

Sunday May 18, 2014

"Makes my blood boil" They rage over word problems, "Too much to ask a first grader." "Incredibly frustrating for parent and student". These are the comments that come from the parents of students taking Common Core math. We know that it's extremely important to have strong parent/school relationships but is the Common Core driving a wedge between this useful relationship?
See full story in the Yahoo news.

Counting: What Really Counts?

Friday May 16, 2014

Most of us take counting for granted. We learned how to count so long ago that we likely don't remember how we learned it or what our struggles were as we learned to count. Counting is much more than simply saying 1,2,3,4.... there is so much more to understand that just the rote learning of numbers. To better understand the principles behind counting and become your child's best teacher yet, take a look at the principles of counting.

Happy Mother's Day

Sunday May 11, 2014

At this time on this special day, I would like to wish all of the mothers a very Happy Mother's Day.  For additional information about the History of Mother's Day, check out what our About Expert has to say.

Commit Those Facts to Memory!

Wednesday April 30, 2014

I wish I had a dollar for every time I was asked if kids should know their times tables by memory. The answer is YES, absolutely. Sure, calculators and plentiful and even available on phones and iPods but bottom line, it's important to know your facts. It's efficient and the research is pretty clear that those who commit the facts to memory tend to have better achievement in math.

Here's everything you need to help your kids commit the multiplication facts to memory.

Gender Gap or Cultural Biases?

Saturday April 26, 2014

The gender gap between males and females is something I've observed for over 25 years in education. My own thoughts were more that attitude was the barrier to math achievement among females. However,  this study suggests that it may be cultural biases rather than biology may be the root cause of the the math gender gap.

See the full report: Both Genders Think Women are Bad at Math.

Memorizing Trig's Functions?

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Here's what you need to help you commit Trig's functions to memory. It's called Alison's Triangle and was found in the book 'Twenty Years Before the Blackboard' which was written by who else of course? A math teacher!

See more on the Trigonometric Formula.

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