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???

# Tag: conceptual understanding

## 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 teachersâ€™ needs. For those of you who havenâ€™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???

## 17 Reasons to Attend SDE’s National Teaching Math Conference: Reasons #8 & 9

Hopefully you will have joined us on Tuesday night poolside in Vegas.Â I've already heard from several presenters who read yesterday's post and they will be there with me!Â We meet so many of you in our sessions, but we don't get the chance to really get to know you.Â That's what the pool sessions… Continue reading 17 Reasons to Attend SDE’s National Teaching Math Conference: Reasons #8 & 9

## 17 Reasons to Attend SDE’s National Teaching Math Conference: Reason #7

53 days and counting...crazy to think that two months from today everyone will be home from the conference.Â Time is certainly flying by quickly! On to reason #7 to attend the Teaching Math Conference--Interactive Notebooks!Â At the end of day 1 I will spend 75 minutes discussing the nuts and bolts of interactive notebooks for… Continue reading 17 Reasons to Attend SDE’s National Teaching Math Conference: Reason #7

## 17 Reasons to Attend SDE’s National Teaching Math Conference: Reasons 5 & 6

54 days!Â Can you believe it is only 54 days until the National Conference??Â Time is certainly flying by.Â I am sure many of you are in the midst of wrapping up your current school year.Â Which means, you are also looking ahead to the next school year.Â What better way to get prepared than… Continue reading 17 Reasons to Attend SDE’s National Teaching Math Conference: Reasons 5 & 6

## 17 Reasons to Attend SDE’s National Teaching Math Conference: Reasons #1-4

Are you thinking about attending SDE's National Conferences this summer?Â Are you wanting to find a way to convince someone to "sponsor" you to attend?Â Well...I'm starting a series of posts which will give you 17 reasons you should attend the National Teaching Math Conference! Here we go:Â Reasons 1, 2, 3, and 4--Addition, Subtraction,… Continue reading 17 Reasons to Attend SDE’s National Teaching Math Conference: Reasons #1-4

## As Your Year Winds Down…A Fresh Idea for Summer Math Fun

As your year winds down in the classroom, my busy season is just beginning.Â I look forward to meeting many of you this summer as I come out to work in your schools.Â In the meantime, Iâ€™m sure you are busy putting together summer packets for your students.Â Those of you who have attended my… Continue reading As Your Year Winds Down…A Fresh Idea for Summer Math Fun

## Guided Math Part 3: Making Whole Group Instruction Work

Iâ€™m halfway through my series of posts about guided math.Â Thank you to those of you who have reached out with your kind comments and questions.Â Iâ€™m excited to have the chance to meet some of you in person in my upcoming seminar locations! This week I want to focus on one of the biggest… Continue reading Guided Math Part 3: Making Whole Group Instruction Work

## Guided Math Part 2: Building Mathematical Thinkers through Problem Solving

The second post in my guided math series focuses on building mathematical thinkers.