Shelley Gray Teaching Blog
by Shelley Gray
3w ago
Measures of central tendency, or mean, median, and mode, is a math topic that can easily be made relevant and meaningful for students. Instead of simply giving students sets of numbers and having them calculate the mean, median, and mode with no real-life relevance, there are many activities you can do that will engage your students and make it easier to remember the difference between the three measures. But first, what are mean, median, and mode? Mean, median, and mode are measures of central tendency, or ways to describe the central value of a data set. Although mean,  median, and mo ..read more
Shelley Gray Teaching Blog
by Shelley Gray
5M ago
Has your vocabulary routine gotten stale? Word of the Day or Words of the Week is a fun way to incorporate new vocabulary into your daily classroom routine without much extra time. Better yet, your students will love the challenge of building and using their vocabulary! In this post, I’ll explore how to use this Building Vocabulary resource to enrich word study in your classroom.     This resource includes everything you need to implement a Words of the Week or Word of the Day routine in your classroom. You’ll find digital slides for introducing each word, word cards to post on your ..read more
Shelley Gray Teaching Blog
by Shelley Gray
5M ago
Do you have a vocabulary routine in your classroom? How intentional are you about helping your students build their vocabulary? Imagine if all students possessed a rich and robust vocabulary to help them comprehend text, enhance their writing, and serve them as a communication tool throughout the rest of their lives! But this can be difficult amidst all the other concepts you need to teach. Luckily, there are some simple ways we can help students nurture and expand their vocabularies, all while keeping engagement and motivation high. Here are some of my favorite ideas!     Word Map ..read more
Shelley Gray Teaching Blog
by Shelley Gray
6M ago
If there is one routine that has the potential to transform the way that number sense is built in your classroom, it is number talks. I absolutely LOVE number talks and how they increase students’ math confidence and help them build flexibility and strategic thinking. Also – they’re just plain FUN! In this 30-minute free number talks training, I’ll walk you through: – how to conduct a traditional number talk – why you need to make this an essential part of your math routine – 8 of my favorite ways to talk about numbers (add these simple ideas to your math routine to build students ..read more
Shelley Gray Teaching Blog
by Shelley Gray
6M ago
If you are currently using or considering using the Early Finisher Board or Math Choice Board, this 30-minute free training will be helpful for you. Throughout the video, I’ll explain exactly what the early finisher and math choice boards are and how they work in your classroom. I’ll also share tons of pictures I’ve received from teachers over the years that will inspire you to create your board in a way that works for your unique classroom. Whether you use a tri-fold board, a bin/tub system, a bulletin board, or even portable folders, there are many ways that you can make the material ..read more
Shelley Gray Teaching Blog
by Shelley Gray
6M ago
Math can be a challenging subject for many students. However, it doesn’t have to be all textbooks and equations. Incorporating math games into your classroom can transform the learning experience, making it engaging, interactive, and fun! I love math games because they are another way to reinforce basic skills, but in a way that keeps engagement high and students engaged.   Over the years, I’ve published many posts about math games, but recently took ten of my favorites and compiled them into a ten-week email series. Each week for 10 weeks, you’ll receive a free, no-prep math game direct ..read more
Shelley Gray Teaching Blog
by Shelley Gray
6M ago
Fractions can be one of the most difficult concepts for kids to understand. Often there is a disconnect between the fraction activities that we do in school, and how fractions are used in real life. If we want students to understand how important fractions are in everyday life, then we must give them opportunities to see how we use them everyday. Picture books are a fantastic way to do that.  Luckily, there are a lot of math read alouds available to teachers. However, without flipping through the book, it can be difficult to know which one will be relevant to our students. That’s where ..read more
Shelley Gray Teaching Blog
by Shelley Gray
7M ago
As you gear up for the exciting back-to-school season, it’s the perfect time to plan the math routines that will keep your students interested and engaged in learning, as well as foster a predictable environment where students know what to do and when to do it. Let’s explore five different math routines – Number Talks, Mystery Numbers, Number of the Day, Dot Talks, and Math Games – that will provide opportunity for flexible, strategic thinking and can kickstart the new school year with a bang! Math Routine #1: Number Talks: Fostering Mathematical Discourse and Flexible, Strategic T ..read more
Shelley Gray Teaching Blog
by Shelley Gray
1y ago
As a teacher, it’s essential to have some quick classroom time fillers on hand. Do you ever have an awkward few minutes of time in your classroom until the bell rings for recess? Or a few minutes at the end of the day that needs to be filled before chaos ensues? It’s not enough time to really get in to any deep learning or catch up on assignments, but you also want to keep this time productive. Having a “grab bag” of ideas that you can do in short periods of time will help you keep these transition times manageable and ensure that learning is still taking place. The Um Game: Practice Publi ..read more
Shelley Gray Teaching Blog
by Shelley Gray
1y ago
We know how important it is that students are able to show flexibility with numbers and manipulate them mentally, rather than relying on the standard algorithm. Just like a chef uses what she knows about flavors and pairings to create a meal without a scripted recipe, we want students to be able to naturally choose strategies that work for the situation. But how do we get here? How do we get students to a place where they are able to use numbers and operations flexibly and naturally? Besides modelling for students, we can give them purposeful opportunities to use numbers in flexible ways. Fo ..read more

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