Your kids are taking a test and you’re relishing in a few moments of peace when suddenly you see it. What the what!? Victor is totally counting on his fingers. Full concentration mode – one fingers, two fingers, three…. Wait a minute, is this kindergarten or pre-algebra class? I have failed as a math teacher! […]

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Please, please, please say -9. You’re holding your breath in nervous anticipation. Algebra is not Eric’s forte, but he’s been making steady progress, and you’re hoping against hope that he’s finally figuring out how to multiply integers. This was a fairly easy problem, one you think Eric probably hopefully has right. So you called on him to see. […]

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So many students struggle to add integers correctly. But when I teach adding integers using this method, my students understand and master it quickly. Check out this simple, effective method for teaching students how to add one positive and one negative integer: Treating each quantity as that amount of positives and negatives will help […]

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8 is less than 2. -5 is greater than 3 0 is less than -1 Really? As you grade Brandon’s quiz you quickly realize the problem is NOT that Brandon doesn’t know which number is larger but that he mixed up every single inequality symbol. Sigh. For such a simple concept, it’s surprising how many students […]

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Your lesson is going along great… Your class seems to be tracking with you until you decide to ask a question that actually makes them think. “Why do you think a negative times a negative equals a positive?” Crickets. Then – joy of joys – a hand! “Yes, Carl?” “Um, could you repeat the question?” […]

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