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One morning a tour group passed through my second grade classroom. The students were chattering in small groups about different math tasks they were doing. Manipulatives were...

*“Frustration is not a sign you are not learning, but ease is.” --- David Epstein *

This quote always stings a bit. My mommy heart doesn’t want...

Number lines help children build mathematical meaning. Seeing the numbers arranged in order and then hoping up and down the number line helps children develop a better understanding of...

What does it mean to be computationally fluent? Has this definition changed? A generation ago, being good at math meant being fast and accurate. I’m not sure...

In second grade students are learning to add within 1000 using strategies based on place value. (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.NBT.B.7). So what does that mean to use a strategy based...

Have you taken your kids apple picking? It is one of our favorite fall things to do. We come home with bags and bags of apples and then we have fun figuring out what to cook...

Many believe that some people are born with a “math brain” and some are not. However, recent work by Jo Boaler and Carol Dweck has shown us that there is no such thing as a...

Students are using math manipulatives to support their thinking at school. When they are doing math at home, it would be great for them to have the same tools available. This...

When I taught second grade, I always helped my students to create a math kit that they would keep at home. We filled it with manipulatives and math games. With these kits,...

Now that you have learned the importance of arrays and learned how to build them for one digit and two digit numbers, let’s take a look at how arrays can also help support...

Think about the problem 13 x 14 for a moment. Does your brain tell you to reach for a piece of paper? A calculator? Do you start solving for partial products in...

When learning multiplication, students are encouraged to use arrays to organize their objects. If you learned math by memorization and without visual models you might be asking, "What is an array...