During the first week we looked at shapes. Now I'm going to really focus on patterns. This is how I introduced patterns. As students came into class and gathered onto the rug in a circle, I asked … [Read more...]

## I love teaching patterns!

I know what you are thinking, but don't panic. Recognizing, describing, and expanding patterns are crucial for developing math skills, so I always start the school with patterns (K-4). In the younger … [Read more...]

## Place Value – What Comes Next?

I spend almost four weeks on place value with my 2-3rd grade class. Having a deep understanding of place value is a crucial math foundation, so it's worth it to me to take this long. Every year, I … [Read more...]

## Let’s have a Pattern Party!

Recognizing and understand patterns is an essential math skill. I love to start the school math year with a focus on patterns. One of my favorite activities is throwing a pattern party at the end of … [Read more...]

## The importance of patterns! or it’s time for a Pattern Party!

Common Core is here, politics aside, the foundations and guiding practices make sense to me, as a enthusiastic math teacher. The complete set of math practices is listed here. But the one I like to … [Read more...]