On the second day of back to school, my principal gave to me, two over-sized rugs with a mixed-up set of TEs. One of my main goals for the first week of school is to teach my classroom routines. Because I use the CHAMPS classroom management system to convey my expectations, I carefully plan how to ... read more

## Thursday Tool School: Computational Fluency Math Tools

Last week, I talked about using Base 10 blocks to develop a conceptual understanding of multiplication of larger numbers. Today, I would like to talk about how to use Base 10 blocks to do the same with division. When students first begin to multiply and divide with larger numbers, we often jump ... read more

## Thursday Tool School: Computational Fluency Math Tools

Last week, I talked about using Base 10 blocks to reinforce addition and subtraction concepts. Today, I would like to talk about how to use Base 10 blocks to reinforce multiplication skills. When students first begin to multiply and divide with larger numbers, we often jump to using the ... read more

## Thursday Tool School: Math Tools for Computational Fluency

Today's tools are Base 10 blocks. I can remember when I first started teaching, the tool we had the most of was Base 10 blocks. We had an abundance of them! Each teacher had a large classroom set or a tub of random ones; however, I did not know what to do with them as an upper elementary school ... read more

## Thursday Tool School: Math Tools for Computational Fluency

This month will be a little different than last month. Instead of featuring a specific math tool, I will feature math tools that can be used to practice computational fluency skills. Today's math tools are dominoes. Dominoes are one of those versatile tools that have many purposes. I realize that ... read more