FREE e-Book: Top 20 Teaching Tips for 2020

At the beginning of every calendar year, I write something new for the education community. In 2017, I wrote Splat!  (It took me until nearly the middle of February to finish it that year!) In 2018, I wrote Cube Conversations (I actually managed to finish that series a few days early, just before January.) In…

51 Esti-Mysteries

51 Brand New Esti-Mysteries!  4 Challenge Levels!  All New Images! If you’ve used the Esti-Mysteries from the original Esti-Mysteries blog post, or the 15 additional Esti-Mysteries that I wrote for 20 Days of Number Sense and Rich Math Talk, you’ll really enjoy this new set!   My goal was to write and post 51 brand new…

20 Days of Number Sense & Rich Math Talk (K-12)

20 Days of Number Sense & Rich Math Talk – for all grades from K-12. That is the goal of this series. Entirely new, exclusive content fills this post in a ready-to-use format that will allow you to deeply explore 4 rich math routines. By downloading each day, you can have a clear pathway to…

Esti-Mysteries: Estimation Meets Math Mysteries

Introducing Esti-Mysteries!  Each image invites students to wonder what number is represented by the image.  As you click through the each Esti-Mystery, clues will appear that will allow the students to use math concepts to narrow the set of possibilities to a small set of numbers.  In the end, the students will need to call…

100 Subitizing Slides & 10 Challenge Patterns

With a click, a pattern of dots appears on your screen.  Instantly your students tell how many.  They don’t count the dots.  Instead they simply know the total at a glance. Subitizing – when a person looks at a small set of objects and instantly detects the total without counting.  It’s a powerful process and…

Splat! for Google Slides – 40 Lessons

For my educator friends who have access to Google Slides, but do not have access to PowerPoint, this post is for you.  Since Google Slides does not have the animation that makes the Splats become transparent, the Splat! reveal does not work in Slides.  Now – with these materials – it will.  I’ve rewritten the…

The Estimation Clipboard

The Estimation Clipboard is a set of 40 lessons that each include 4 highly similar images.  Each image provides an invitation to estimate.  Then as new images are introduced, the students’ context and intrigue will grow – and so will their excitement. Jennifer Barker recently wrote about her experience with The Estimation Clipboard in her…

80 Printable Cube Conversations Pages and 4 Instructional Strategies

Several weeks ago, I posted Cube Conversations, which is a set of 80 animated lessons designed to promote visually rich math discourse.  You can learn more about – and download – all 80 of the Cube Conversations lessons here. Today, I’m adding a new – and very important – element to the series, which is…

Cube Conversations

Cube Conversations is a set of 80 (eighty!) animated lessons designed to promote visually rich math discourse.  I’ve designed these lessons to invite many voices and vantage points into classroom conversations. Much like Splat!, you control the animation with a few simple clicks  – and each click presents an opportunity for students to…

Can You Solve the Duplicator Lab Riddles?

“You have unwittingly stumbled into a duplicator lab…” As you watch this brief, animated story about the duplicator lab – which includes 3 riddles – you may find yourself reaching for  a piece of paper, a pencil, and an entirely new kind of strategy. How challenging will it be to solve the riddles from inside…