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…

## My Classroom “Must Haves”!

When it comes to organizing and planning a classroom, every teacher has a few items they couldn’t possibly ever go without! It might be that favorite stapler, a cozy chair, or an amazing resource! I have gotten together with the bloggers over at Upper Elementary Snapshots to tell you about my Classroom Must Haves. Let’s…

## 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…

## 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…

## 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…

## 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…

## 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…

## Spiral Math Homework to Reinforce the Standards

About 5 years ago I overheard some colleagues talking about spiral math homework. Of course, being the person I am (always looking for something better) I had to look into this spiral homework. I discovered a strategy for homework where instead of just assigning pages from a workbook or worksheet, students were strategically given a…