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…

## How to Maximize Math Centers

I am beyond excited and honored to be a guest blogger over at the Teachers Pay Teacher blog! Here is a short introduction to my guest post on MAXIMIZING math centers! A teacher’s time is valuable, and so is his or her students’. One of the largest complaints among teachers is that they do not feel…

## 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…

## How to Use I CAN Math Games in the Classroom

A teacher’s time in the classroom is so limited nowadays. It is becoming more and more important to find resources that fill more than just one need. When I originally made I CAN math games, I knew I wanted a multi-purpose resource that could be used in centers, as independent work, as a whole class,…

## 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…

## Looking For a TWIST on Spiral Math?

I am beyond excited that Neetu from Cinnamon’s Synonyms is joining me today and has written a guest post where she puts a TWIST on Spiral Math Homework. Have you heard about Spiral Math? Maybe you already own Spiral Homework, and would like some fresh ideas on how to use this resource in different ways?…

## Two Ways to Eliminate Test Prep Madness!

I know what you’re thinking! Preparing for those state standardized tests is not a FUN task! That’s why it is so important to “sneak” it into your instruction, and daily routine, all year long! Years ago, I used to spend a good two to three months (at least) before the test reviewing and cramming as…