Spiral review is not one of those educational trends that inevitably comes storming through our classroom, just to disappear and be replaced by something new. Whether you are using it for math, reading, or grammar, spiral review is a tried and true method for aiding students in mastering and retaining what they’ve learned. It may seem like…

## Daily Math Review: Benefits, Tips, & Tricks

Daily math review is a critical component to every math classroom. Imagine learning something new and then never revisiting it. I bet you’d be pretty rusty if you ever had to actually use your newly learned skill, wouldn’t you? This is exactly why I feel so passionate about incorporating some time in each and every…

## Spiral Assessments: Why They Are Necessary

Spiral Assessments are an important part of my classroom. Awhile back I wrote a blog post about “Why Spiral In the Classroom”. I explained that I believe a spiraling curriculum is critical in today’s educational environment and we must be consistently giving students the opportunity to revisit and practice standards they have already learned. I discussed…

## Grammar: 5 Simple Ways to Squeeze it in Daily

Teaching grammar is no joke. It is super important, yet so difficult to find the time in our day to do so. I’ll admit, there were days in my teaching career where I didn’t teach grammar at all. I just couldn’t find the time. I’m guessing I’m not the only one. Well, I’m hoping by…

## Homework: An Effective Approach

I have always hated homework. Seriously, it was the word-that-shall-not-be-named, as far as I was concerned. As a kid, I hated that I spent all day in school just to go home and continue the madness. As a parent, I hated forcing it on my daughter and repeating “do your homework”. As a teacher, my…

## Preparing for Standardized Testing the Stress-Free Way

This week I blogged over at Upper Elementary Snapshots about preparing for standardized tests. I think you are going to love the stress-free strategies I discuss, and the freebies I included. Here is a quick teaser. Last minute cramming, piles of review packets, tons of practice tests….sound familiar? Preparing for standardized tests is something…

## Spiral Math Homework in High School – A Student’s Perspective

Josh from Boom! Feeny is guest blogging with me today about how spiral math homework works in his high school classroom. I love this post because it is from the perspective of one of his students, and it is amazing to see how this spiral math resource has changed the way she feels about homework. My own…

## 5 Tips for Successful Math Centers

I just posted a blog post over at Upper Elementary Snapshots that is all about Math Centers! One question I get asked all the time is “How do you conduct daily math centers without losing your mind?”. Well, this post can at least set you off in the right direction when setting up your math…

## Why Spiral? A More Effective Approach to Teaching

Imagine learning something brand new. A week goes by, a month goes by, two months go by, maybe more. Now you have to take a test on that new information. How are you going to do? Not so well, I imagine. This is exactly what we are doing to students every year. The solution? Teaching…

## Calendar Math in the Classroom

If you’ve read my blog before, you know I am all about “spiraling” standards in the classroom. Spiraling just means that you teach, and continuously revisit standards throughout the year. This teaching method gives students plenty of opportunity to master a skill, and keeps the standards “fresh” all year. Besides my Spiral Math Homework, Calendar Math…