Family Card Games to Improve Math Skills

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Family Card Games to Improve Math Skills

My family LOVES to play cards. I grew up playing games and so did my brother and sister and all of my cousins. We always say we have the “card gene.”  As children, we had to know that 4 + 8 = 12 or 9 + 5 = 14 or we’d lose the game! Memorizing…

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Children with Learning Disabilities Need Mnemonics

I know for a fact that mnemonics make a difference in children with learning disabilities. But when researchers like Scruggs and Mastropieri say it is a proven fact, we’d better sit up and take notice. Thomas E. Scruggs, PhD and Margo Mastropieri, PhD, (Professors of Special Education in the Department of Educational Studies, Purdue University)…

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Mindfulness in a Device Distracted World

See more pictures of the book, Sidewalk Flowers. I subscribe to Brain Pickings Weekly which is an informative and inspirational email I receive each week. It is put out by Maria Popova, a well known writer, and this is what she says in her “about” page ” Brain Pickings is my one-woman labor of love…

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The Marble Jar – Positive Classroom Management

Giving students rewards for good behavior far out-weighs the negative approach. The first year I taught,  there was chaos in my classroom. I tried writing names on the board of those who were disruptive, and that didn’t work.   I tried every classroom management trick I could think of but they were all negative and…

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Using Comics to Visualize and Remember

Using Comics to Visualize and Remember I don’t know if you are like me but I love to learn new things. I’ve been reading some wonderful articles about the STEM and STEAM programs but when I have a lot to do (which is always), I begin to zone-out with all the educational jargon. Just give…

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10 Memory Techniques to Boost Students’ Learning

Today I am sharing ideas from an article I read in The Guardian, Teacher’s Network,  by Jonathan Hancock*, world renown memory expert, author and teacher. Remembering information isn’t something that just “happens”, it is a technique. As teachers, we provide lots of hands-on methods to help children understand the concept, and yes, they get the…

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Learn How to Memorize Addition Facts!

I’m an avid user of Pinterest but I am shocked to see so many postings teaching children how to count on their fingers or use touch math. Whatever happened to teaching children to Memorize Addition facts?  Maybe we should take a closer look at how to achieve this desired outcome. Once a person learns to…

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How to Communicate with Parents

The Value of Take-Home-Journals Keeping parents up to date on what is going on in the classroom is imperative as a teacher. My most successful communication method in my third grade classroom, was the Take- Home-Journal. I wanted parents to know what was happening but it needed to be personal and give my students writing practice.…

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“Hailstones and Halibut Bones” Book Review

Cover of Hailstones & Halibut Bones

“Hailstones and Halibut Bones” (Adventures in Color)   by Mary O’Neill A Treat for All the Senses This book is a treasure! I bought “Hailstones and Halibut Bones” (Adventures in Color) when I was teaching third grade, and no other poetry book touched my students like this one did. After reading it aloud slowly, in order to…

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Why the Memory Joggers System Works

Today I thought I’d show you why the Memory Joggers Systems work so well. I used proven memorization principles with all my products. Multiplication/Division Addition/Subtraction Memory Tips for Math Book Memorizing States and Capitals.   You know how hard it is trying to teach instant recall of facts. You try flash cards and the only students…

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