Multiplication is one of the basic foundational skills in mathematics that must be mastered by students. In an effort to modernize our approach and help students take more ownership in the process, I attempted to take the process of learning multiplication facts beyond the basic skills and drills. 1. Teach the Properties of Multiplication The properties of multiplication are a set of mathematical rules that students need to know in order to make decisions about problems in math. One way to help...

It’s Back to School time. For most of us, it’s, "Let me go back to school after this most recent break and proceed with my year." For some of us, mostly at the middle school and high school level, it’s time to get new students and start the school year over again. I am now focusing on what I need to do to prepare for #BacktoSchool at this point in the year. My immediate thoughts are, "Hmmmm, what do I want to do...

Who has time to grade papers throughout the day? Most grading is done after hours at home. When you talk with educators, I bet you never hear them speak about how much they love standardized testing, analyzing data, or grading papers! They love being innovative and collaborating to teach their students, but assessments and grading papers are probably not on their list of favorite things to do. They enjoy teaching, not inflicting undo stress upon their students. [bctt tweet="Ts love being...

Let’s Turn the World Kind is the theme for RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) Week that takes place February 12 – 18, 2017. As educators we can help our students in many ways throughout the special week and beyond! The benefits of teaching kindness in school are endless: caring, compassionate, kind, helpful, respectful, and responsible students and adults can really change the world. [bctt tweet="The benefits of teaching kindness in school are endless #classflowlove" username="ClassFlow"] A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON The phrase, “Practice random...

With today’s technology, it is easy to energize the learning environment by providing students with authentic opportunities to see places and meet people previously unimaginable via virtual field trips. This year, students in our district have visited the White House, taken a whirlwind tour of national landmarks, and even explored the regions of the great state of Texas all without leaving the classroom, but from the ooh’s and aah’s heard throughout each experience, you would have thought that the students...