Have you ever been having a bad day and someone left you a little note that brought a smile to your face instantly? I am a HUGE note writer. I also have a GREAT appreciation for a handwritten note given to me. I was recently listening to a podcast where the host was talking about… Continue reading Words of Affirmation

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## Morning Math Tubs

Morning Math Tubs Take a moment and think about how your students’ mornings start in your classroom. If I walked in blindfolded, what would I hear?If I wore ear plugs, what would I see?Are your students excited to come into your classroom?Are your students engaged within the first 5 minutes of the day? Do you… Continue reading Morning Math Tubs

## Let’s Give Them Something To Talk About

If I’m being honest, when it comes to Math Talks, there’s no one right way to do it. I have been doing Math Talks with my classes for almost 10 years now. There’s always a direction I’m trying to go with the discussion, but many times the direction changes depending on what the students are… Continue reading Let’s Give Them Something To Talk About

## How do you summer?

For most of us, our school year just ended or ended a few weeks ago. Whether it was two weeks ago, two days ago, or this week, our summer break is here! I'm not sure about you, but I always have mixed feelings about summer. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE SUMMER! No 5:30am alarm.… Continue reading How do you summer?

## 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

## 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!