I LOVE using spiral math review with my students to help them practice and retain what I’ve taught them! I like to think of my daily spiral reviews as my secret ingredient for why my students perform so well year after year. However, I recently discovered a way to make this “Must Have” resource even better…if…

## I CAN Math Games for Every Math Classroom

Math games should be meaningful and fun, all at the same time. You should feel confident that the math games you choose to use are rigorous enough to challenge your students, while also providing enough exposure to appropriate grade-level content. I CAN Math Games offer all of this, and more, making them the perfect math games…

## A Daily Math Review System for Homework or Classwork – Math Spiral Review

Math Spiral Review has proven to be the most effective resource in helping students practice and retain math standards all year long. Throughout my teaching career, I have dedicated hundreds of hours to creating the most effective math spiral review resources for the classroom. I am excited to be able to offer Math Spiral Reviews for…

## Morning Work that Works with your Morning Routine

The importance of quality morning work is often overlooked in the elementary classroom. Your morning routine is the perfect time to set the stage for the day and sneak in some valuable learning time. If done right, your morning routine can be one of the most significant parts of your instructional day. Morning work should be…

## 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…

## Top Ten Homework Tips for Teachers

Managing homework is definitely something that many teachers struggle with. Whether your issue is “How much homework should I give?”, “What is the best way to correct daily homework?”, or “How can I make homework more effective?”, I’ve got you covered. I have lots of tried-and-true tips for “EVERYTHING” homework related! Tip 1 – Keep…

## 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. Once my daughter started school, I hated forcing it on my her and repeating “do your homework”. After becoming a…

## 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…

## 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…