The saying usually goes, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!” but we don’t think that’s appropriate next week at SDE’s National Conference in Las Vegas. Over 6,000 administrators and teachers coming from all over the USA and other countries will be attending a variety of fun-filled, engaging, and thought-provoking sessions. Those in attendance are… Continue reading What happens in Vegas, should NOT stay in Vegas!

# Category: Elementary Math

## New Opportunities, New Partnerships

As many of you know, this year has brought about new opportunities for me, including the creation of Hilty Consulting! I have been pleasantly surprised with the amount of inquiry I have received about services I can provide to schools and districts. I am looking forward to meeting many new faces this summer and fall,… Continue reading New Opportunities, New Partnerships

## Puzzled with what to do? Puzzles may be the answer.

As a teacher, have you ever been bored with daily worksheets or wanted to make your students’ learning more engaging? Are you wondering what to put in your guided math stations? Or you don’t have money to purchase manipulatives for your classroom? A possible solution could be implementing puzzles! I’m not just talking about a… Continue reading Puzzled with what to do? Puzzles may be the answer.

## Summer Math PD

Looking for summer Math Professional Development? Emily and I are excited to share the news that we've put together a summer math institute! We included sample agendas, but all content can be customized for your building/district. To learn more about pricing and options, email HiltyConsulting@gmail.com.

## A Month Of Games: Target Addition

Hello, it’s Emily again!! Kristin said she was doing a month of games and I had to share this game after a group of kiddos LOVED it a few weeks ago!! I teach 4th graders, but help out in a 2nd grade classroom focusing on addition fluency. I introduced this game in a whole group… Continue reading A Month Of Games: Target Addition

## A Month of Games: The Dot Game

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!

## 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???