Math Wheels for Note-taking?

Rigorous Math With Color by Number Activities? Yes!

One goal I always keep at the forefront of my mind when planning math activities is making sure that I am making math approachable. When

How to Handle Cheating in Math Classrooms

I vividly remember the first time I caught one of my students cheating during my very first year of teaching. It was like my rose-colored

Best Seating Arrangements for a Productive Math Class

Seating arrangements in the classroom used to be my nemesis (well, maybe not nemesis, but definitely a challenge:-)! The uncertainty I felt whenever I had

How to Use Math Small Groups in Middle School

Math small groups are one of my favorite and most effective classroom components. These little sessions are the key to keeping the math mojo alive

The Impact of Math Homework Assignments on Students’ Growth

If there is one topic in education that is sure to start a debate it is homework. There are many arguments for and against assigning

You know I love using math wheels as a tool in my classroom. And. . . I’ve gotten great feedback from lots of you about

Master 3rd Grade Math Concepts and More With Math Wheels

As students enter third grade, they make a transition that includes learning how to learn. They are no longer considered “primary” students and the rigor

How To Tell If Executive Function Skills Impact Math Performance

Throughout my years of teaching, especially in math, I’ve seen my share of students struggling. We want our students to be challenged but within reason.

How to Help Easily Distracted Students by Using Math Wheels

As a teacher, you already know just how fast-paced the curriculum is. The demands placed on teachers and students seem to grow every year. With

Daily Math Activities to Incorporate and Retain More Math Concepts

You know what I love doing every day? Sneaking in some math-related fun! Now, you might say, “Well, of course, you’re a math teacher!” Sure,

How to Teach Real Life Math Problem Solving Activities

Growing up, I vividly recall a moment when a classmate questioned our teacher about the relevance of a math concept. You know the questions he

Teaching Podcast To Inspire and Empower Educators

Some days, it feels like I’m on a perpetual sprint, racing from one thing to another. I have music playlists, and I sing to my

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!