## Math Fact Fluency

While all students benefit from math fact fluency, students who have difficulty in math may need more experiences and instruction to reach a solid level of fluency and automaticity. Those experiences may need to be more explicit and focused to support students. This post continues the blog series on how to support students who struggle in math […]

## 3 Step Guide to Word Problems

This article continues the blog series on teaching students who have difficulty in math. So far the series as addressed: Foundations of Math Instruction When Your Students Don’t Get It Systematic Instruction Mathematical Language Math Representations Math Facts To support students, especially those who have difficulty in math, we should provide deliberate word problem instruction.

## Place Value for Third Graders

Place value for third graders is an important part of your math curriculum. In this post I’ve shared some of my favorite place value lessons from my place value unit. There are few math concepts more important than place value, because this is the unit that lays the foundation for all other math units. It

## Using Math Representations

While all students benefit from multiple representations in math, students who have difficulty in math need more experiences with these representations. Those experiences may also need to be more explicit and focused. This post continues the blog series on how to support students who struggle in math by incorporating multiple representations. Types of Representations Concrete

You need an organized approach to setting up your classroom. Social media can provide inspiration and ideas. It can also cause overwhelm and anxiety, especial when it comes to setting up your classroom. There can be pressure to keep up with new trends, buy unnecessary materials, and to focus on the least essential parts of

## Math Vocabulary

This post continues the series on teaching students who struggle in math and focuses on the importance of math vocabulary. For most teachers this is an obvious part of the process, but I’d be remiss to leave it out. Math vocabulary is academic language that includes vocabulary and language structures when thinking about, talking about,

## Systematic Instruction

Systematic instruction intentionally builds students’ knowledge over time toward a specific learning outcome. This post continues the blog series on how to support students who struggle and shares strategies to incorporate systematic instruction for students who have difficulty in math. Systematic Instruction – Review I imagine that the review component of systematic instruction isn’t shocking

## Array Task Cards – Differentiated

These differentiated array task cards which you can find here are designed for students who need extra support in math. These array tasks cards are scaffolded in order to prepare students for multi-digit multiplication. They begin with the most basic skills (reading arrays) and gradually increase in difficulty. You can use all the array task

## When Students Don’t Get It

You’re teaching math. You teach conceptually and consistently incorporate concrete, pictorial, and abstract representations. Your lessons are engaging and relevant. You give students the opportunity to practice and provide feedback. You provide opportunities for discussion and collaborative learning. Yet, some students don’t get it. You work with those students who didn’t get it. You slow

## Teaching Elementary Math

There is definitely an art and science to teaching elementary math. Despite what you may read or hear, there is also no one right way to teach math. Far too often experts support an all-or-nothing approach. However, those of us in the classroom realize that our students have varied needs, and we have to tailor

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