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# Hands-On Integer Operations (Part 3: Multiplication & Division)

Multiplying and dividing integers are, in my opinion, the hardest operations to teach to students and it took me a few years before I found a good way to have these operations make sense to students.  After I am confident that my students are comfortable adding and subtracting integers, I move on to the finalRead more about Hands-On Integer Operations (Part 3: Multiplication & Division)[…]

# Hands-On Integer Operations (Part 2: Subtracting Integers)

After I spend 2-3 days teaching integer addition (click here to read my post on adding integers) and am confident my students are comfortable with it, I move onto subtraction. I start by giving students two color counters again and put an easy question on the board for them to solve independently: -5 – (-2)Read more about Hands-On Integer Operations (Part 2: Subtracting Integers)[…]

# Hands-On Integer Operations (Part 1: Adding Integers)

Integer operations are truly a make or break middle school math concept.  Students who “get” integers will be much better off than students who don’t, in terms of their future math success.  That’s why I really take my time when teaching integers each year.  I’m breaking up my blog post on teaching integer operations intoRead more about Hands-On Integer Operations (Part 1: Adding Integers)[…]

# Parent-Teacher Communication: Getting Off On The Right Foot

I take some time every year (usually around the second week of school) to send emails to the parents/guardians of all of my students.  It’s a good way to open the lines of communication on a positive note.  I don’t write lengthy notes, basically just a quick hello; something similar to this: Dear Mr. andRead more about Parent-Teacher Communication: Getting Off On The Right Foot[…]