How many times have you gone out to dinner and you see the dreaded dot game on your child's menu? My daughter loves playing this game, I can't say I always had the same enthusiasm for it. A few years ago a friend of mine introduced me to the idea of changing it up and… Continue reading A Month of Games: The Dot Game

## A Month of Games: First Up, Division!

Many of you are knee-deep into division units during this time of year. Several years ago I came across a division lesson by Marilyn Burns (one of my math idols). I have used this lesson with my own students as well as a modeling it in other teachers’ classrooms. Every time I play it the… Continue reading A Month of Games: First Up, Division!

## Number Cards

I have three kids of my own and I’m a teacher. I have always been the mom that sort-of, kind-of works with my kids at home on numbers and letters while they’re in preschool, but nothing over the top. I’m talking show the Letter Factory videos and doing one-to-one correspondence counting when I’m doing something… Continue reading Number Cards

## How “SMART” Are We???

Some of you know I am volunteering with two third-grade classrooms in the building where I used to teach. We have spent the first part of this year working on understanding the concepts of multiplication and division. We've built equal groups with counters, skip-counted on a number line, built area models and arrays, learned how… Continue reading How “SMART” Are We???

## It’s Seminar Season…

I am excited to have the opportunity to once again deliver my 2-day seminar across the country. For those of you who have attended in the past, thank you! Your positive comments and feedback have helped me continuously shape and evolve this seminar to meet teachers’ needs. For those of you who haven’t had the… Continue reading It’s Seminar Season…

## What the Heck is a Rekenrek???

Hi friends! This is Emily, and I am excited to join Kristin on this journey of helping to improve math instruction and share ideas with all of you. For my first post I wanted to share an idea with you that I started doing last year with my class during the first week of school.… Continue reading What the Heck is a Rekenrek???

## Welcome Back!

I have enjoyed getting to know so many of you this summer through conferences and in-school trainings! To my faithful followers from last year, welcome back! How did it get to be August already??? As I have shared with many of you in person, my personal goal for this year is to get better at… Continue reading Welcome Back!