As teachers, we often notice that our students have strange misconceptions that they can’t quite explain to you. For example, my students can tell me all day what 1/2 is – they can draw me a picture of what it is, and even what it isn’t… however, they often can’t do multiple representations, and typically their ‘concept’ of 1/2 is a circle cut into two pieces with one side shaded in. I had been thinking about ways to play around with some concepts with my kiddos in a different way, but hadn’t quite put my finger on a awesome way

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## Round table discussion

Two days a week in my resource classroom, we use a computer program that works with students at an individual level to help fill in their math gaps. Recently, I had a student have a melt down over using the program. It wasn’t the program itself, but the glaring fact that the student cannot learn his multiplication facts. The program will not move to another concept until a student completes a section with 80% mastery. As you can only imagine, a 7th grader who keeps getting multiplication problems over and over and over and over was bound to have a

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## One of my favorite activities

One of my all time favorite activities in my math classroom is when my class gets to play Measurement Wars! Often times my 5th, 6th and 7th graders really struggle with measurement – customary, metric, ballpark figures – you name it, it’s difficult for them. My kiddos also get very frustrated when they struggle. I’ve never taught Measurement Wars in a resource class before, so I was interested in how the activity would go… So, my kiddos came in, and I had set the room up in groups of two with desk facing each other. I told them they could

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