### Casting Out Nines

A Fun Way to Check Multiplication Problems How often have you gone to a conference and been super excited by what a speaker shared? Has

### Engaging Fall Activities for Middle School

Fall Activities Found! Middle school students still like those fun seasonal activities:-) Many years ago (I have no idea how many) I used a graph

### Making the Most of Your 40-Minute Math Class

Using Your Time Efficiently for an Effective Math Class Having the perfectly-run, efficient and effective math class….that’s been my goal, year after year. Somehow, in

### Math Centers in Middle School

Making Math Stations Work in 40-Minute Class Periods I taught elementary school for 12 years and I loved my math centers (or math stations, as

### Problem Solving Math Wheels

Problem solving in math, or tackling word problems in math can be challenging for students, whether they’re in early elementary, upper elementary, middle school, or

### Exploring Surface Area in 6th Grade Math

Surface area is a such a fun topic to explore in the middle school math classroom! To really understand what surface area means, students need

### Teaching Box-and-Whisker Plots

Teaching Box-and-Whisker Plots in 6th Grade Math Box-and-whisker plots are a brand new concept for my 6th-grade math students, and when 6th graders are first

### Math and Ping Pong!

Have you ever thought about how the game of ping pong helps kids practice math?  I love playing ping pong! I played it a lot

### Five Key Skills Every Middle School Teacher Should Have

What are a few skills middle school teachers need to have? The first skill many people think of is the ability to work well with

### Beach Ball Math Activities in Middle School

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### How Does Coloring Help Improve Math Skills?

Why Are We Coloring in Math Class? Today, as my 6th grade students were working on a color by number in math class (which I

### 5 Benefits of Exercise for Teachers

This post is transferred from my old blog – I can’t believe I wrote it in Jan of 2015! I’m glad to say that I’m

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!