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Monday, December 1, 2014

iHeart Math Holiday Hop

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iHeart Math Holiday Hop

I am really excited about this month's iHeart Math Holiday Hop. This is a great group of math fact iHeart this group. They are so full of great ideas for teaching and I have learned so much from them, but the thing I love best is that this group has teachers of all ages.  Sometimes I get stuck in my own little classroom and I think it's so important to see where my students are coming from and where they are headed. This month we are all linking up on a different day to bring you this holiday hop. Like I said, there are teachers from all ages in this group, so there will definitely be something for everyone. We'll each be bringing you some holiday tips and a free product so you'll definitely want to tune in each day.

Stocking Stuffer #1 - Giving Back

Teaching is all about giving back. Hopefully as you look back at your own education a few teachers really stand out to you. I absolutely loved my sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Cringan. I still remember lots of things that happened in that class. I want my students to look back on their year with me and remember how much fun we had learning together. I want it to be a year full of progress and happy memories. So like all of you, I try to make each year the best year ever.  It may not be the biggest way to give back, but for the lives of 26 young students it's the most important thing I can do this year.

Stocking Stuffer #2 - Math Tip

We all know fact fluency is important, but how do we help our students become more fluent? As I've been reading articles and books about helping students become fluent with facts it seems most researchers are in agreement  - "Becoming fluent with basic facts is developmental. Use games infused with a focus on acquisition of strategies to help students in the early grades progress to computational fluency." (Kling, Gina & Bay-Williams, Jennifer. "Enriching Addition and Subtraction Fact Mastery Through Games." Teaching Children Mathematics: November 2014.) So pull out some games that focus on facts and the use of strategies and instead of feeling like your students are "just" playing games, think about it as fluency practice without a timer. 

Here is a no prep math center for addition and subtraction within 10. Just print and you're ready to go.  If you are at all like me, on Friday afternoon as I put the finishing touches on my plans for the next week, I love something easy to prepare for math centers. You can grab it in my TpT store.

Thanks for stopping by. You'll want to check out the calendar at the top of this post to see who will be adding on to this hop each day up until Christmas. But for tomorrow, you'll want to stop by Tara's blog, she's The Math Maniac. 

The Math Maniac
Happy Holidays from my classroom to yours!


  1. Great post, Brandi! I so agree with your tip about using math games for fact fluency--my kids are truly motivated by them. I also send one-page games home and they are so excited when I send them along with a new one. Thanks so much for the freebie, and your advice for giving back is so well put. Love this hop!

    All the best--

  2. Great post Brandi! I love your points about looking back on great teachers. I was lucky enough to run into one of my great teachers from elementary school the other day when I was dropping my son off at school! I swear she hasn't changed even though she is much older and retired now, she is still a teacher at heart.

    The Math Maniac

  3. Great post Brandi! I agree. Teaching is the ultimate way to give back. Thanks for the special gift!

    Greg aka Mr Elementary Math

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  5. It is the great idea for me now. Nice post!