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## Building Automaticity with Base Ten Cards

Download the Resource       A few years ago, I was in need of a resource that would help students build fluency beyond 20 so I created some Base Ten Cards. I’ve referred to the cards in presentations but I haven’t shared them in this...

## The Progression of Early Number and Counting

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,...

## I’ll Rip Your Face Off: The Art of Defacing Manipulatives

It’s our fault. We have no one to blame but ourselves. We unknowing pigeonhole student thinking with the manipulatives we use. Take fraction tiles for example. Much to my disappointment, they come with labels and it kills me. Manipulatives that come pre-labelled...

## Where’s Poly? An Exploration in Geo-Dotting

Download the Resource     What’s geo-dotting?  I have no clue but that’s what I’m calling this lesson. We started by asking, “What do you notice?” Our favorites: Looks like Pac-man I see dots and they make a “Y”...

## Geometric Subitizing: A Different Kind of Number Talk

Download the Resource       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...

## The Task Graveyard

It’s where my ideas go to die.  But like the mighty phoenix, I have one idea for a task that keeps rising from the ashes. It just won’t die. If Bruce Willis was a math task, I’ve seen his face. I can’t help it. I’m fascinated by them. The...