Student Success

Goal Setting 101

 on January 6, 2014

Goal Setting.  I get may be tired of hearing about goal setting as we are already in our second week of January!  But, I have been thinking about goals and how we, as a whole, just expect kids to know how to make goals and so we say something like this:

2014 Book List

 on December 30, 2013

Getting my kids to read at home can be a bit of a struggle.  But when they find a good book, they get lost in it for hours!

They practically put themselves to bed just to get more reading time!

This year, a few on our must-read list are:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Vern

20 Questions

 on December 27, 2013

Are you looking for a fun game to play with your middle schoolers during break that will keep them practicing their math skills?

Check out this fun printable game of 20 Questions from

You can download the 20 Questions and answer sheet here.

Some of the questions are math related, and some of them are more like riddles.

The Thinking Wall

 on December 18, 2013

Multiplication Calculator

 on December 18, 2013

Are your kids bored with flashcards? 

I really love this little math toy.  It's a manual calculator and helps kids who need some kinesthetic, visual props for learning multiplication.  The concept is simple: 

Multiplication Wrap-Ups

 on December 18, 2013

Wrap-Ups are a fun, interactive way for kids to practice a given math concept.  They are colorful, well-made, and fun, but what I like most about them, is that they give kids the ability to self-check. 

I think of them as a better-designed flashcards, and a lot of fun for kids. 

Multiplication War Card Game

 on December 18, 2013

If it's one thing I learned in the classroom, it is that the majority of students will respond positively to competition play.  I found this awesome card game on Amazon and the girls play it everyday now.  They even love to play this game with their papa.

Multiplication Keyboard

 on December 18, 2013

My kids are learning their multiplication tables right now and they often ask me, 9X5 = 45, right?  I wanted them to have a way to check for themselves, and also a way for them to be able to see the answer with their eyes, an essential for the visual learner.   

Learn to Write Computer Code

 on December 18, 2013

You can learn how to write computer code.!  Now, you may be asking me why you should learn to write computer code if, say for example, you aren't planning on a career in software development at all!

And I will answer that question by quoting Codeacademy founder Zach Sims,

Peg + Cat

 on December 17, 2013

Peg + Cat is a brand new show on PBS that encourages kids to see that math is fun and a part of their daily lives.

Peg and Cat wake up each day stuck in a new word problem that they must solve their way out of.

Math concepts are presented that introduce children to numbers and operations, Geometry, Measurement, Patterns, Pre-Algebra, and data collection and analysis.


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