What it’s like to be an elementary school teacher – Part 11

A National Board Certified Teacher explains what an educator’s life is really like. The series is a value-added collection of Best ClassAntics Posts EVER! Each post explains something about a teacher’s life and links to ClassAntics posts with relevant teaching tips.

Part Eleven: We are miserable when our class has trouble with math

Teachers get very upset when their class has trouble with math.  We consult with colleagues, search for resources, and look deep within ourselves to find ways to make the math lessons stick.

Seriously, we spend A LOT of time thinking about math.  This is probably why ClassAntics has so many posts on the subject.

Summer slide, the yearly decline in skills during vacation, affects every academic subject.  Making up the deficit and math can be quite challenging.  A series of posts provide tips for teachers and parents to help kids build math skills.

Beat Summer Math Slide: Estimating

Beat Summer Math Slide: Rounding Numbers

Beat Summer Math Slide: Place value

Beat Summer Math Slide: Five tips for Multiplication

Multiplication really is an important skill, and teachers employ many, many techniques to teach it.  Every child learns differently, so a host of methods are needed to reach the class.

I developed award-winning resources for teaching multiplication.  Best Multiplication Workbook EVER! won the prestigious Learning® Magazine 2013 Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award for the Classroom.    It covers everything from memorizing facts to How to introduce two digit multiplication.

My Best Multiplication Songs EVER! has won multiple awards.  I love to encourage students to  Sing Multiplication Songs During Transitions

School districts provide textbooks and workbooks, but these are rarely sufficient to teach every mathematical concept.  Teachers have to look elsewhere.  We find fun games for our class to play during computer lab time.  Good examples are found in the posts on FREE Online Resources to Practice Rounding Numbers and Online Resources to Teach Money Math

We find printable practice sheets at sites like The Math Worksheet Generator and Dad’s Worksheets: my favorite math resource for parents and teachersFREE Four quadrant graphing characters worksheets let kids practice this often dull skill by creating fun pictures of their favorite characters.

We make math fun with games like Secure the perimeter! and More than a Math Bee—The Math Smackdown.  We buy flash cards and Learning Wrap Ups – great for basic math facts!

Every year, students struggle with place value.  My students made a breakthrough when I developed The Comma Method for Reading Large Numbers.  Sometimes I have to write my own worksheet to teach a concept.  Here is one example: Place Value & Addition: Adding 10, 100, 1000 FREE Worksheet.

We try to incorporate math into other subject areas.  Science is an obvious one, but did you know math and poetry can play nicely together?  Here is a fun lesson: April is Poetry Month: Math Poem and Worksheet.


 

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