Students spend their whole lives working with positive numbers. Then one day we're like, “Hey, guess what guys? Some numbers are negative. Surprise!” We then wonder why they have such a hard time acclimatizing to this newfound knowledge. How can we break this sad cycle? I find that for many students, if you want them to really understand what they're doing with adding … [Read More...] about How to Make Adding Integers Stick Forever

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#### Teaching Adding Integers through Discovery

Working with positive and negative integers is something that can throw students off at first. One of my favorite ways to introduce new topics is with a discovery … [Read More...] about Teaching Adding Integers through Discovery

#### 12 Engaging Ways to Practice Adding Integers

Do your students have a difficult time remember how to add and subtract integers? Isn't it maddening? I could get on my soap box and go on and on about how we … [Read More...] about 12 Engaging Ways to Practice Adding Integers

#### 8 iPad Apps to Make Your Math Summer School Awesome

Today let's try to spice up summer school with some fun and engaging math apps. All of the iPad apps that I'm sharing here have a free version. Some of them have in app purchases and others do not. When I look at apps for my classroom, I tend to categorize … [Read More...] about 8 iPad Apps to Make Your Math Summer School Awesome

#### 10 Tips and Tricks for Math Summer School

Summer school is a different world than regular school. In my 12 years of teaching middle school I have been involved in some sort of summer school program 11 times. I would described my experience as varied when it comes to summer school. We've run programs … [Read More...] about 10 Tips and Tricks for Math Summer School

#### 11 Activities for the Last Week of School in Math Class

The end of the school year is full of mixed emotions for me. I’m excited for summer and at the same time I start to have separation anxiety from my students. My classes are usually small because I teach math lab classes and I really get attached to my kids. … [Read More...] about 11 Activities for the Last Week of School in Math Class