Always a Teacher & Forever a Mom

Category: Always Math

Teaching math can, sometimes, present a few challenges. In this blog series, you can find tips, tricks and ideas to help you plan for engaging math lessons.

Solving Simple Equations – Math Video

I have decided to make a series of tutorial videos to help my students with math concepts. The video I am sharing today, was created during the emergency distance learning period of the last school year 2019/2020. It is a very straightforward video that explains students exactly what they have to do when solving simple equations. It was just the little push my students needed Read More

I’m back! – Math Videos for Online Teaching

I can’t believe it has been almost 2 years since I last wrote in this blog! Life has been incredibly busy. I am now a classroom teacher (not a substitute anymore), and I am teaching grade 6 at the moment. My heart is still set on younger grades, but I am having fun teaching 6. This year things got even more complicated with Covid-19. What Read More

Telling Time – The Hour Hand

For the last couple of months, I have been working on developing my “Telling Time” collection of teaching resources. My need to develop this collection was born out of necessity when some of my tutoring students were showing difficulties with their telling time skills. As I worked with different students I noticed a few common misconceptions.  I also came across a couple of websites and blogs Read More

Building Blocks and Place Value

Recently, while tutoring a group of grade 2 students, I realized that some of them were having a hard time understanding the value of each digit when representing 2-digit numbers. For example, when asked to represent the number 23, they would draw 2 hearts and 3 squares. When I asked them to use Base-Ten blocks, they knew to use 2 rods and 3 units, however, Read More

A Note About Subitizing

If I were to show you a bowl containing apples and asked how many you see, you would probably have little trouble telling me the correct number. How does that happen? Why does our brain recognize the number of apples in the bowl without the need to count them one by one? This skill is called subitizing and it is the ability of looking at a Read More

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