Math Wheels for Note-taking?

Doodle Wheel Organizers: Everything You Need to Know

One of my favorite resources to use in my classroom is doodle wheel organizers. I’ve discovered many fun and effective ways to incorporate these wheel

Tips and Activities to Teach How to Combine Like Terms

I love teaching students how to combine like terms. Why? Because combining like terms is one of those math skills that makes the rest of

New Middle School Teacher Guide to the First Days of School

When I first started my teaching career, I felt a loss at what to do with the first weeks of school. I had ideas and

Probability Games and Activities for the Middle School Classroom

One of the trickiest math concepts I remember learning growing up was probability. Now, as a teacher, I find it just as tricky to teach.

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 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

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 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

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 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

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!