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About musingsofamathteacher

I am presently employed at New Sarepta Elementary School as a grade five teacher. During my career I have taught Grades 12 - 2. The past three years I was fortunate to work part-time as Math Lead for my school district, Black Gold Regional Schools, and have just recently accepted a part-time secondment with Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. I have always had a passion for mathematics and am excited about implementing Alberta's "new" mathematics curriculum.

Back to the Basics-Facts that is!

I have had a lot of parents asking me about how to review basic facts with their children. In my classroom I use a variety of strategies from the traditional flash card method, to mad minutes, to dice and card games, … Continue reading

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Multiplication and Division: From Memory and Memorization

We continue to work on trying to increase our basic fact retention of multiplication and division facts in our grade five classroom. Students are enjoying going back to the old fashioned flash card method like mom’s flashcards!  I recently stumbled … Continue reading

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Diving into Division in June

             As our year is beginning to wind down, my students are still busy diving into division and learning many division strategies to help them.               Many classrooms use the … Continue reading

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Spring Break- Home math activities to spruce up your holiday.

Spring is in the air …and our school Spring Break is quickly approaching! If you want to continue to have your child work on mathematics activities while on Spring Break check out some of the fun ideas you could do with … Continue reading

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Sprucing Up Your Math Class- The Valentine’s Day Way

Here are some ideas that I found on the web that you could incorporate into your Math lessons to tie into the upcoming celebration of Valentine’s Day. Valentine Day’s Math Lesson Ideas: http://www.googolpower.com/content/free-learning-resources/seasonal-math/valentines-day http://www.mathwire.com/seasonal/february.html http://whattheteacherwants.blogspot.ca/2011/01/valentines-day-math-explosion.html http://www.teach-nology.com/teachers/lesson_plans/holidays/valentine/ http://www.kumon.com/resources/6-ways-to-use-candy-for-fun-math-games-valentines-day-edition/ Valentine Day’s Worksheets: … Continue reading

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Students Learning In Motion- Motion Geometry!

This month we embark upon the adventure of math learning in motion. (literally). Students are working through many transformation activities focusing on concepts such as translations (slides), rotations (turns), and reflections (flips).  Although for some the terminology has changed since … Continue reading

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Christmas Is Coming Fast

Sorry I have been away from my blog for so long- it has been an incredibly busy year… With the Christmas season quickly approaching I wanted to take a moment and review some of my favorite Christmas mathematical sites. My … Continue reading

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