The Life-Changing Moment of My Teaching Career

Apr 5th 2015

Before Spring Break, I announced to the class that there would be a big surprise when they returned. Some guessed it would be different seats, others said new name tags, but I had a much grander revelation in store. After […]

Presenting Brian Breaking Badger

Apr 3rd 2014

Hi, I’m Brian Breaking Badger, and I love to break numbers apart. Separating place value is considered my art! I break numbers into ones and tens with my teeth, Then I work with the place value underneath. I’ll add or subtract […]

Presenting Tallying Toad

Mar 13th 2014

Hello, I’m Tallying Toad. I get you started on the problem-solving road. A tally mark is a straight line to show one; Group tallies into five is how it’s done. First make four tallies, nice and straight; Then make a […]

Why? The Simple, Yet Essential Question

Feb 2nd 2014

As teachers, we are programmed to listen for the correct answer and are appeased when we hear it, assuming that students understand and are ready to move on. However, this is a serious misconception as students are missing out on […]