Math Talk Sparks Success: Middle School Learning in Focus

Whether you are a well-versed teacher or just starting out, you know that middle schoolers love to talk—a lot. Like L O V E to

Exciting Math Writing Prompts for Your Middle School Classroom

Are you looking for a fun and engaging way to kick off the year in your math classroom? Well, the same old math lessons won’t

Math Intervention Made Easy with Math Wheels

I am always on the lookout for activities I can use repeatedly so that my students can have a familiar resource to look back on.

Can Big Kids Love Color by Number Math Activities?

As teachers, I think we all have a common goal: make learning fun so that our students are engaged in the work and enjoy the

Teaching Fractions with the Ultimate Fraction Toolkit

“When are we ever going to use this in real life?” Don’t we all love this inevitable question during math class? Basically, it’s the math

Teaching Fractions in Middle School Math: Finding Equivalent Fractions

Teaching Fractions Series, Week 4: Finding Equivalent Fractions   We talked a little bit about equivalent fractions in the Week 2, modeling post, with

Using Doodle Wheel Graphic Organizers for Math and ELA

Note-Taking in Upper Elementary and Middle School How much do your math and ELA students love taking notes?! What’s your favorite method for taking notes

Teaching Divisibility Rules in Middle School Math

Teaching Divisibility Rules Do you teach divisibility rules in your middle school math classes? I’ve always enjoyed teaching divisibility rules, and my 6th grade math

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

7 Amazing Homeschool Math Games

Whether you’re in a homeschool setting or a traditional classroom setting, you’re probably always on the lookout for great math games and activities. There are

Focus & Fun with the Array Game, Using Polyhedral Dice

Have you used the array game with your math students? I was reading the book Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler (so much fantastic research and so many

Why I'm Not Teaching Decimal Operations "Rules"

Teaching Decimal Operations There are rules for adding and subtracting decimals. There are rules for multiplying and dividing decimals. How often have you found that your

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!