Against the Norm, counting, K-2, Making Math Accessible, Making Sense Series, Math Progressions, Number Sense, Strategy Development, Teacher Content

If you’re not a pre-k, kindergarten, or 1st-grade teacher, you need to find one and give them a hug after watching this video. They do the work of an army and many times their work goes unnoticed. There’s so much happening in the early years of school,...
3-5, Against the Norm, Algebra, counting, Fact Fluency, Making Math Accessible, Math Tools, Number Sense, Strategy Development

These Geometric Subitizing Cards have been in beta the past two years. I asked our buddy Joe Schwartz to take them for a test drive last spring and he reported back. Joe’s all in. How do they work? Let’s play… Last week I took them for another spin...
counting, Estimation, K-2, Making Math Accessible, Strategy Development, Teacher Content, Teaching in a Context

Every once in a while I stumble across Piaget’s 7 Conservation Tasks and then I move on. This week was different because my thoughts around conservation won’t go away. In a recent meeting with kindergarten and 1st grade teachers we discussed the importance...
Against the Norm, counting, K-2, Making Math Accessible, Making Sense Series, Math Progressions, Number Sense

The more I create… the more I learn. Here is the 3rd installment of this whole Making Sense Series which has truly forced me to be a better teacher. A more educated teacher. I can’t stress enough how much I’ve learned from diving into the...
counting, Estimation, K-2, Making Math Accessible, Math Tools, Number Sense, Planning

Time IS NOT on our side! In a 1st grade planning session I was asked,”How do we fit it all in?” I loved this question because it asked for a solution to problem we know exists. We collectively tackled this question and the fruits of our labor are as...
counting, Strategy Development, Teacher Content

One of the most difficult standards for 1st grade students to own is the idea of adding or subtracting multiples of tens OR a group of ones. Without it…all other numbers fall apart. (1.NBT.4-6) Karen is a phenomenal 1st grade teacher. Being new to the...