Yes, there IS a way to help students master the times tables of multiplication facts. This article tells you how you can do it in a fun and playful way.

# Archive | Math Instruction Techniques

The category for all things Math Pedagogy.

# Make Combining Integers a Lively Story

Here’s a fun and easy way to teach one of the toughest concepts in all of PreAlgebra: the rule for combining integers with different signs. We turn it into a fun “tug-of-war” game. This entry gives you everything you need to teach it today!

# Find the GCF — QUICKLY!

Here’s a handy-dandy tip that makes it easier to find the GCF. It gives you an upper limit for the GCF, so you know when you can stop testing numbers and tell the world that you’ve found the GCF.

# Multiplication Trick #1 — Fun with the 5s

MENTAL MATH TRICKS make learning math fun. Use these tricks to help students learn their times tables. This article shows you how to get started with a nifty trick for multiplying numbers by 5.

# Algebra mistakes due to Negative Signs? Use COLOR to EXPLAIN.

Help students conquer a major area of mistakes, using color to show the steps in the Order of Operations, with exponent expressions.

# Color Your Way to Integer Success

Use color to help students combine integers.

# Making Sense of Negative Signs

Solving equations can be extremely difficult for many students. This blog explores a certain kind of equation that gives students the “heeby-jeebies,” and it tells you how to help them find a way out of their confusion.

# Place Value Metaphor

During the summer I get to tutor a lot of elementary age students, remediating them on the basics. Almost invariably I find that these students are confused about PLACE VALUE, and considering how critical this concept is to all of math, I decided to write this post. Whenever I have the least suspicion that a […]

# Using Color to Explain Algebra

Adding color to help students understand algebra? Who would dream of it? But it works. See how color helps students understand a law of exponents in algebra.