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

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# Color Your Way to Integer Success

Use color to help students combine integers.

# Sharpness

Well, my obsession this summer turns out to be knives. But don’t get any wrong ideas. When I say knives, I mean knives for whittling and wood carving. That’s the true obsession. But knives themselves are a pretty close second. I am a guy after all. In getting obsessed with knives, it’s impossible not to […]

# 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 […]

# Math + Questions = Life

Questions make math come alive. See an example that bursts open any sterotype that math is dull. See how math can be like a religious experience.

# Exploring Addition Facts

QUESTION: I have been asked to help my grandson memorize the addition tables. If I ask him what is 8 + 5, I watch him doing it in his head. He gets the right answer but takes a long time, which may hurt him later when he is introduced to multiplication. Do you have any […]

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