## Math Wheels for Note-taking?

### Tips for Teaching Exponent Rules

Sometimes I wish learning was straightforward. But it seems that at all grade levels, no matter what you teach, there are exceptions to the general

### How to Teach Exponents in Middle School with Math Wheels

Teaching exponents is a personal highlight for me. However, I noticed that my middle school students struggled to grasp the concept. I turned to my

### 5 Ways to Practice Problem Solving Skills in Middle School

If you’ve been teaching or around middle schoolers very long then it will not surprise you to hear that their brains are still developing. I’m

### Behavior Management Tips for the Last Few Months of the School Year

I can spot it on the horizon! Yep, the end of the school year is just around the bend. We’re almost there! But before we

### How to Use Math Manipulatives in Middle School Math

Throughout my teaching journey, I’ve noticed some remarkable changes in the math education scene. One of the best things is how we’re now using math

### How to Teach Test-Taking Strategies to Middle Schoolers

Ever felt like you’ve crammed for a test only to freeze up when it’s time actually to take it? It’s like, your brain’s on vacation

### How to Teach Problem of the Week in Middle School Math

Do you ever find yourself wanting to shake things up with your math class warm-up? Well, that’s exactly where I found myself at one point

### Conquering the Fraction Division Challenge

I love it when my students struggle! OK – before you think I am a cold-hearted teacher I’m not talking about that kind of struggle.

### Using Math Anchor Charts and Bulletin Boards to Empower Students

In the bustling world of teaching, I often marvel at the dedication of educators who draw detailed anchor charts. I admit I’ve fallen down the

### How to Teach 6th Graders Algebraic Expressions with Math Wheels

Teaching algebraic expressions to middle schoolers has been a journey. One thing that stood out was the jungle of vocabulary words. It’s easy for students

### How to Teach Area of Quadrilaterals and Triangles in the Upper Elementary Classroom

Are your students finding themselves in a maze of confusion when trying to find the area of quadrilaterals and triangles? I’ve got an exciting and

### Teaching the Types of Triangles with Math Wheel Magic!

Have you noticed how triangles can be a bit of a math maze for our students? I mean, equilateral, isosceles, scalene – it’s like they’ve

Welcome to Cognitive Cardio Math! I’m Ellie, a wife, mom, grandma, and dog ‘mom,’ and I’ve spent just about my whole life in school! With nearly 30 years in education, I’ve taught:

• All subject areas in 4th and 5th grades
• Math, ELA, and science in 6th grade (middle school)

I’ve been creating resources for teachers since 2012 and have worked in the elearning industry for about five years as well!