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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)[…]

Unit Analysis in the Middle School Math Classroom

After a long break (due to craziness in my personal life and some technical difficulties with the blog)…I’m happy to be back blogging! I’m going to jump back into blogging with a post about Unit Analysis… I hate teaching customary system conversions the traditional way!  No matter how many times you explain to students thatRead more about Unit Analysis in the Middle School Math Classroom[…]

Finding the GCF and LCM using the Cake Method

Today’s lesson in my 7th grade math class was on finding the greatest common factor and least common multiple of a pair of numbers. I started by gathering background information about what the students already knew about the GCF and LCM.  With a little bit of help the students were able to come up withRead more about Finding the GCF and LCM using the Cake Method[…]

My Spin on Symmetry

Today’s 6th grade lesson was on rotational symmetry.  I have found that students tend to be less familiar and less comfortable with rotational symmetry than they are with line symmetry (and sometimes mix the two up), so I try to find ways to make it more clear and understandable to them. I had several differentRead more about My Spin on Symmetry[…]