Teaching Tips

Articles, videos, and powerpoints to help us continue to learn and grow ūüôā

Collaboration/Student Engagement

“Are Two Heads Really Better Than One? Making Collaboration In the Classroom Work”

Author Denise White and Alisa Braddy

Robert Kaplinsky’s Levels of Convincing¬†(for when students are sharing strategies)

Graham Fletcher 2016 Ignite Talk

More Talking In Math Class, Please(This article gives three simple tips to help with math understanding and accountable talk)

Max Ray: “Why 2 is Greater than 4”


Small Group Question Stems


Math Talk Bookmarks

math bookmarks

What Does Academically Productive Talk Look Like

Open Tasks-Upside Down Teaching

Why it is important to use Upside-Down Teaching and to let students make sense of problems on their own:

No more CUBES and Keywords!!!!! Try this: 3 READS



Question Breakdown

Starting place for what we want students to be thinking as they solve problems.

A blog by Annie Forest on “Why I Don’t Use Keywords” with suggestions.

Facilitating Productive Struggle in the Mathematics Classroom

8 Teaching Habits that Block Productive Struggle In Math Students(This article also has a great poster)

  Article about Upside-Down Teaching

(Cathy Seeley video and ppt (AMAZING))

 (Another great article by Cathy Seeley)

Inviting Uncertainty into the Classroom(Five strategies to help students respond well to uncertainty‚ÄĒand foster complex problem-solving skills.)

The Opportunity of a Wrong Answer(Great article about the importance of intentional tasks and using the wrong answer to help your students grow.)

Awesome article-supports everything we are doing in math and why.

Article and task planning:

Article-Orchestrating Discussions

Task Planning Page


Establishing a mathematics whole-school agreement

Growth Mindset-Teacher and Student

Thank you to Rachel Kinsel, 4th grade at Alta Vista, for the great bulletin board idea (above)!

Jo Boaler-Week of Inspirational Math Videos

Week of Inspiration Math was created by Jo Boaler. There are three weeks of lessons and videos that help set the math norms in the classroom (growth mindset, mistakes are good, etc.) that include math activities for the students to do.

This snapshot is taken from an article by Carol Dweck called “Mindsets and Math/Science Achievement”…..Read the whole article¬†here

Inviting Uncertainty into the Classroom(Five strategies to help students respond well to uncertainty‚ÄĒand foster complex problem-solving skills.)

posters_growth_mindset(Ideas for posters to hang in your room)

Growth Mindset Maths Website

The Power of Admitting What We Don’t Know

Promoting Growth Mindset Means Checking your Biases At the Door, Experts Say

10 Good Strategies to Foster a Growth Mindset Culture in your Classroom

Teachers Need a Growth Mindset Too

Why We Need To See Each Other Teach Article <3




A Classroom Full of Risk Takers(An article that will help you create a growth mindset environment in your classroom)



Growth Mindset Feedback Statements 

The 8 Mathematical Practices

questions_for_math_class-_elementary (Questions and prompts that help students engage in mathematics)

A Guide To the 8 Math Practices

8 Mathematical Practices ppt

Learning Intentions/Success Criteria-Formative Assessment

Hattie Influences (All of the influences from John Hattie)

Using Formative Assessment to Bring Clarity to the Classroom(Article discussing how intentional formative assessment helps students and teachers with the learning goals and success criteria)

Four Steps to Increasing Teacher Clarity In Math(Awesome article that completely supports everything we are doing in math!)

Assessment that Makes Learning Unforgettable(Tips to make learning stick.)

When Grading Harms Student Learning(Great article by Edutopia)

Supercharge Your Classroom in Five Steps 

 (Picture that came from the article above)

(Great webinar from Global Math Department)

Content Knowledge

 (picture taken from the pdf document linked below)

DOKMatrixElementaryMath.pdf0 (document made by Robert Kaplinsky)


A Case for Finger Counting(An Edutopia article explaining how finger counting helps children make math gains)

The Progression of Early Number and Counting

Place Value Key Concepts and Understandings K-2

The Child’s Perspective on Place Value: 5 Ways Children Conceptualize

The Progression of Addition and Subtraction

Early Addition and Subtraction Problem Types

The Progression of Division

The Progression of Multiplication

The Progression of Fractions



Number Lines

This webpage has the option to make it whole numbers and fractions. You can also scroll or type in any number for the range to display.

Really neat number line that zooms in to show fractions and decimals