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Cool Math Tricks

§ March 26th, 2012 Comments Off§ Filed under From the Elevated Math Team, Math, Teaching Math § Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

We discovered an article posted five years ago and thought it worthwhile to share. The article reveals ten easy arithmetic tricks.

We know many teachers do not like parents teaching their kids tricks, but once students have demonstrated conceptual understanding, learning tricks makes math so much more fun. § Read the rest of this entry…


Whole Number Division with Semi-Concrete Base Ten Blocks

§ August 26th, 2011 § 4 Comments- Add yours§ Filed under Teaching Math, Technology in Education § Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Helping children develop conceptual understandings, making math learning relevant, and integrating discovery and skills-based learning are all important.

In the blog post The First Steps in Developing Conceptual Understanding of Place Value I shared my 2nd grade grandson’s experience in learning two and three digit addition and subtraction.  He had been learning to add and subtract digits without any understanding of place value, so I introduced the operations using non-proportional objects to teach re-grouping. § Read the rest of this entry…