Showing posts from December, 2014

Math Mammoth 40% off at Educents

Educents is offering Math Mammoth at 40% off! You can get these three bundles at a 40% discount: Math Mammoth Blue Series bundle Math Mammoth Light Blue Series bundle Math Mammoth All Inclusive bundle Check out the deal at

7 reasons for math anxiety

UPDATED! I pretty much rewrote an old article of mine that lists some of the major factors that contribute to math anxiety in students and gives helpful ideas for teachers to motivate children. This is how it starts: A major factor in the development of math anxiety and dislike towards math in students is the way the teachers feel about math. It is well known that good teachers love the subject they are teaching. On the other hand, if the teacher feels negative towards math, it probably shows up when in his or her teaching and affects the students similarly. So one very important factor in motivating children to study math is that you as the teacher stay positive about math – if possible, enthusiastic! Now, that may be hard if you feel differently. As an adult, you can analyze your past experiences, beliefs, and feelings, and work consciously to change those. If you really hate math, you can also explain to your child (if she's older) how you feel, where and h

Free math worksheets for grades 1-7 - for most any topic!

As many of you are preparing for school work again, please take note (and bookmark!) these comprehensive worksheet lists that include most math topics for any given grade: Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Best of all, the worksheets are free! They are dynamically generated so you get a different one every time you click on the link. You can also save them to your device and edit them in your favorite word processor. Also, I recently formatted the above pages so they look good on mobile devices.

Math Teachers at Play #81

Math Teachers at Play blog carnival #81 is now online at I haven't yet had time to fully read and explore the articles but several of them look quite interesting. There's something about thinking outside the box, place value, teaching time, art & math, and much more :) Enjoy!

I Will Survive! (Gloria Gaynor song)

An old top hit from the 70's... a clip of I Will Survive! , originally by Gloria Gaynor, here sung by Cheryl & my favorite group 24K Gold Music. Lots of energy!

Fourth grade SDC class achieves tremendous gains in math using newspapers

(Maria's note: This is a true and inspiring story of a good teacher making a huge difference in these children's lives! It was an entry to my Math Moments contest in early 2014. And yes, she did win some Math Mammoth materials! I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did.) By Sylvia Everett In 1998 I received my first teaching position, a fourth grade SDC class (Special Day Class) in one of the most dangerous parts of Northern California. The children had previously been confined to the cafeteria and sometimes even locked in to prevent runaways. I was given two aides who while they tried their best both were barely literate themselves. It was hell and heaven. The kids had never had a teacher who spoke their own home language and this immediately created a bond between us as well as enabling parents to freely communicate with me. I was given a room and allowed to scour the school to use whatever anyone else wasn’t using, which was a blessing as I had not built up the