## Math Wheels for Note-taking?

### Finding the Least Common Denominator with the Ladder Method

Finding the Least Common Denominator with the Ladder Method I recently asked this question on Instagram: “What’s the most challenging math topic to teach/most difficult

### Help Middle School Math Students Improve Problem Solving Skills

TIPS TO DEVELOP PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS AND MATH COMMUNICATION Do your middle school math students need to improve their problem solving skills? Do they get

### Making Math Homework Work!

5 Tips to Help Middle School Math Students The math homework dilemma – to give or not to give (IF you have the option in

### 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

### Using Collaboration to Improve Math Problem Solving

This is a revised post about middle school math problem solving on my old blog, so the observation I refer to was quite a while

### The Benefits of Self Checking Math Activities

I have been teaching for more than 20 years. If you have been teaching for a long time, then like me, you may have used

### Teaching Fraction, Decimal, Percent Conversions Math Wheel

What approach do you use for  teaching fraction, decimal, percent conversions? I’ve found that one of the best ways to teach these concepts is to

### Converting Fractions to Decimals Activity ~ Playing "Decimal Dice"

Challenging and Engaging Activity to Practice Fraction to Decimal Conversions Could your math students use a little extra practice with converting fractions to decimals? Do

### Focus & Fun with the Array Game, Using Polyhedral Dice

Have you used the array game with your math students? It’s a great game for reviewing multiplication with a twist of critical thinking and problem

### Why I’m Not Teaching Decimal Operation Rules

Teaching Decimal Operation Rules There are rules for adding and subtracting decimals. There are rules for multiplying and dividing decimals. For years math teachers have

### Teacher Hack: Equivalent Expressions Partnering Cards

Equivalent Expressions Practice with Partnering Cards As I was thinking about school today, I was thinking about one of our next topics: equivalent expressions. Last

### Free Order of Operations Activity

Order of Operations Activity for 5th and 6th Grade Math Are you looking for an easy, effective and FREE order of operations activity to help

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!