March 21, 2019

Let's celebrate with a FREEBIE and Gift Card Giveaway!


I am celebrating some of the recent milestones in my teacher-author journey with a Multiplication FREEBIE and a TPT Gift Card GIVEAWAY!

The milestones include the launch of this blog, reaching 300 TPT followers, and receiving over 500 TPT ratings.  Thanks to all of my followers and the wonderful TPT community.  Your feedback and support have been amazing and inspirational!

Be sure to download my new FREEBIE multiplication resource.  As part of my celebration, I have created a set of 11 Multiplication Color by Number pages with

March 19, 2019

My 8-Week Challenge - Part 3


This is the third and final post in a series about my Spring 2019 early 8-Week classes.  I teach at a large local community college and two of the classes I am teaching this semester are 8-Week arithmetic classes for adult learners.  In my previous posts, I shared the responses many of my students gave about their mathematical background.  The common theme among their responses was a feeling that they had "struggled" with math most of their life. 

We have now reached the end of our 8-Week semester.  I am pleased with the progress many of my students have made in their mathematical journey.  We

February 14, 2019

Fun Ways to Practice Multiplication Fluency


Multiplication fluency is an essential component for success in algebra.  As students begin to move forward with their mathematical learning, slow recall of multiplication facts hinders their progress.

Having to spend extra time recalling or calculating basic multiplication facts requires as much focus as learning the new algebra concepts and leads to frustration for many students.  In contrast, algebra learners with a firm grasp of their basic math facts are able to pay close attention to the newly presented algebra concepts.  This allows them to process and master the algebra faster than

February 7, 2019

My 8-Week Challenge - Part 2


This is a follow-up to an earlier post I wrote titled "My Perpetual 8-Week Challenge".  I teach at a large local community college and two of the classes I am teaching this semester are 8-Week arithmetic classes to adult learners.  In my original post, I shared the responses many of my students gave about their mathematical background.  The common theme among their responses was a feeling that they had "struggled" with math most of their life.

My goal is to assist these students in overcoming their previous struggles by helping them understand basic mathematical concepts.   I want them to gain

February 2, 2019

Hands-on Activities for Decimal Tenths and Hundredths


Decimals challenge learners to understand a new form of notation to represent specific fractions.  Both the decimal notation and the fraction concepts need to be well-developed for students to master the topic.

I like to use hands-on activities to allow students the opportunity to develop decimal concepts in their mind.  I always begin with a decimal grid model for tenths and relate it to the hands-on fraction tiles we have used previously.  We take some time to practice decimal word names, decimal notation, and the equivalent fraction notation for tenths before jumping into hundredths.

January 26, 2019

My Perpetual 8-Week Challenge


I teach at a large local community college and we just finished our first week of the Spring 2019 semester.  Half of the classes I am teaching this semester are college-level algebra classes and the remainder are developmental arithmetic classes.

This semester, both of my arithmetic classes are taught in an 8-Week format.  In the middle of March, my students will be transitioning to a developmental algebra class.  I teach 2 or 3 of the arithmetic classes each semester, so that is why I am calling this post "My Perpetual 8-Week Challenge".

January 24, 2019

Hands-On Activities for Basic Fraction Concepts


Fractions are a tricky concept for most learners.  Using a variety of hands-on activities greatly enhances the learning process. I like to use as many manipulatives and hands-on activities as possible when teaching fraction concepts.

Paper folding, fraction tiles, fraction circles, and tracing can all be used to assist learners.  Students need to work with fractions in many forms to develop and refine their understanding.

Early in the learning process, iterating a unit fraction to create a whole object helps develop the concept of how the numerator and denominator are related.  This can be

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