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What Math Teaching Strategies Work Best? 16 Math Education Experts Share Their Suggestions.

What Math Teaching Strategies Work Best? 16 Math Education Experts Share Their Suggestions.

Math Education Experts Share What Tools and Strategies They Use to Support Students.

A Post By: Anthony Persico

What works in math education is constantly evolving. Math teaching strategies and techniques that were once commonplace in the classroom several years ago are now being replaced with more effective, research-backed methods aimed at making mathematics a more approachable, meaningful and equitable subject.

I recently reached out to 16 math education experts, including Stanford University Math Education Professor Jo Boaler, and asked the following question: What new belief, behavior, teaching habit, or tool has most improved your teaching over the past 12-18 months and why?

The diverse collection of responses below will help you to identify some new strategies to add to your teaching toolbox and ultimately assist you in becoming a more effective math educator who is better equipped to meet the needs of your students. Enjoy!

What math teaching strategies are the experts using?

What math teaching strategies are the experts using?


Eddie Woo

Eddie is an Education Ambassador for the University of Sydney, the founder of YouTube’s MisterWooTube channel, and the author of Woo’s Wonderful World of Mathematics and It’s a Numberful World. You can follow him on Twitter @misterwootube.

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Eddie Says…

I have been exploring the power of open-endedness in mathematics classroom over the last couple of years, and love the way that it has helped me tease out mathematical thinking in my students. It’s so easy for students to fixate on getting the “right answer” when facing a question in mathematics, and I love the way that open problems emphasize the aspects of reasoning and communication. It’s also fantastic to see how easily a task can be reshaped so that it has a low floor and a high ceiling, to ensure that struggling learners can access the activity and highly competent mathematicians can also find rich avenues for exploration and investigation.


Chris Woods

Chris is a High School Math Teacher, STEM Presenter, and host of the STEM Everyday Podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @dailystem.

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Chris Says:

In the past few years, I’ve made the change to get kids holding shapes and equations in their hands more often. It usually starts by handing out some combination of paper, scissors, rulers, colored pencils, tape, and glue sticks to my students, nothing fancy. What happens next is I try to help them “see” how a surface area formula works by building a triangular prism or help them “visualize” how a parabola is formed by drawing a series of lines on a grid. And when math is more than just numbers and letters on a worksheet or an answer on a calculator, it is suddenly something beautiful, creative, and worthy of exploration and discovery.


Kristen Acosta

Kristen is a K-6 Math Coach, Teacher, and Presenter. You can access her math resources at www.kristenacosta.com and follow her on Twitter @kristenmacosta.

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Kristen Says:

It’s amusing that number lines have been around forever, but are so underutilized in helping students with making connections to a bigger picture. When I stumbled upon Clothesline Math (used as an open number line), my students’ number sense improved greatly. Clothesline Math has helped my students see the interconnectedness of how math works.

You can learn more about clotheslines math on Kristen’s website.


Kyle Pearce

Kyle is a K-12 Mathematics Consultant who delivers presentations and workshops, blog contributor at Tap Into Teen Minds, and co-host of the Make Math Moments podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @MathletePearce.

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Kyle Says:

Over the past 12-18 months, one of the biggest epiphanies I’ve had is how important it is to actually understand the math. I’m not talking about how to “do it”, but developing the conceptual understanding of the how and why it works, the connections from one idea to another, and how it develops in young children all the way to high school mathematics. Currently, I’ve been building my own understanding of Proportional Reasoning and I’ve built out a full course for members of the Make Math Moments Academy. You can learn more about it here: makemathmoments.com/academy.


Makeda Brome

Makeda is a math educator and 2020 Teacher of the Year Recipient in Port St. Lucie, Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @thebromenator.

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Makeda Says:

Over the last year-and-a-half, I have become more and more aware of social justice education on teaching and how I play an integral role in that. While our classrooms may be more diverse, much of our teaching practices have not changed to support the diversity in our classrooms. Twitter chats and movements like #ClearTheAir, #HipHopEd, and #EduColor have helped me become a better math educator for all of my students and I now support other teachers in doing the same. All of our students deserve equal learning opportunities, I hope the math community commits to engaging in this work!


Brian Aspinall

Brian is a K-12 math educator, TEDx presenter, and author of Code Breaker: Increase Creativity, Remix Assessment, and Develop a Class of Coder Ninjas!. You can follow him on Twitter @mraspinall.

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Brian Says:

For me, two tools have greatly impacted my teaching pedagogy. Both Scratch and Minecraft offer a sandbox environment for students to create content, try something new, immerse themselves in mathematics and be creative. Not only do they support a constructivist approach to learning, students receive immediate feedback from the tools, freeing up teacher time to consolidate with other students.

Brian shares lesson plan examples on his blog at brianaspinall.com and in his books, Code Breaker and Block Breaker.

Learn more: How to use Minecraft: Education Edition in Your Classroom


Alice Keeler

Alice is a Youcubed Consultant, Speaker, Google Certified Teacher, and author of several books including Teaching Math with Google Apps: 50 G Suite Activities. You can follow her on Twitter @alicekeeler.

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Alice Says:

Students who think they struggle in math are all thinkers. I have yet to meet a kid who isn't a thinker. Instead of giving them DOK 1 problems I use OpenMiddle and other interesting problems where step one is... hmmm, I'm not sure, let me think about it. Turns out they are math people.

The other thing I do is tell a story using Google Slides to explain the math problem. Show your feelings, step .1 take a selfie, show how you collaborated, you're required to google something... and explain it.


Jennifer Chang Wathall

Jennifer is an advocate for Concept-Based Curriculum and author of Concept- Based Mathematics: Teaching for Deep Understanding in Secondary Schools. You can connect with her on Twitter @JenniferWathall and visit her website www.jenniferchangwathall.com for more information.

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Jennifer Says:

I enjoyed a glorious 27-year teaching career and something that completely transformed my practice was embedding an inductive teaching approach. The inductive teaching approach creates an environment for students to uncover the beauty and creativity of mathematics for themselves through inquiry based learning.

The inductive teaching approach encourages students to inquire through experimentation, enables connections between different topics to be made, and supports deep conceptual mathematical understanding which gives students the ability to apply and transfer to different contents.

Learn More: What Does Inquiry-Based Learning Look Like in the Math Classroom?


Berkeley Everett

Berkeley is a K-5 Math Coach, faciliator to UCLA’s Math Project, designer for Math Visuals. You can follow him on Twitter @BerkeleyEverett.

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Berkeley Says:

Is it possible for tasks to differentiate themselves while communicating the idea that math is about relationships (not answers)? This year I took my questions to another level with Open Questions from Marian Small. Instead of "12 is 2/3 of ___" she would pose "___ is 2/3 of ___." Suddenly the task is more accessible and more challenging. Plus, it encourages students to focus on ideas and relationships instead of answers. For more, check out Marian Small's great books, including Good Questions (look for the 3rd Edition).



Lauren Baucom

Lauren is a High School Math Teacher, doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and national presenter. You can follow her on Twitter @LBmathemagician.

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Lauren Says…

Collective learning is a new term that I am fascinated by, and love finding evidence of it in educational spaces. As educators, we often focus on the learning that we hope is occurring in the students who enter our classrooms. As math coaches, we hope to see the confirmation of learning as educators make adjustments to their practice. Both of these are examples of individual learning. There is a powerful type of learning that is harder to visualize, collective learning, or the learning that is happening between a group of people. For example, in a classroom that promotes student discourse, two students may learn different things from a lesson. The conversation that is facilitated between them will multiply the learning that occurs in that room, as each student brings their individual learning and jointly shares with the others. As a teacher, I often forget about asking myself, “What did we learn collectively today?”, not as an offshoot of “I taught it, so they learned it.”, but from the richness that was created from being together.


Peter Liljedahl

Peter is an Education Professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada and Math Education Consultant. You can follow him on Twitter @pgliljedahl.

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Peter Says:

My favorite practice for the last few years is the use of visibly random groups. Although it is something I have been researching and publishing on for many years, it is a practice that still keeps giving me new surprises every year. It emerged as a reaction to my research that was showing that both self-selected and strategically formed groups create a space where the students know what their role will be that day—and for many, that role was not to think. Random groups does not create this. In addition, random groups bypasses all our biases of what students are capable of, reduces social barriers, and drives more autonomous learning behavior. More recently, it has also shown that students take random groups as a sign of confidence in them as learners and thinkers.


Margie Pearse

Margie is a math coach and curriculum head, a contributor to Edutopia, and the author of Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking. You can follow her on Twitter @pearse_margie.

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Margie Says:

I was greatly influenced by The Formative 5. I taught in a district that was committed to infusing literacy strategies across content areas, so assessing BDA style in math was something I was very familiar with, but The Formative 5 took the idea of checking for understanding throughout a lesson one step further. I knew there were certain points in each lesson where understanding was critical to moving forward, but I couldn’t put my finger on it until the idea of a Hinge Point was introduced in the book and that was revolutionary to me.


Sunil Singh

Sunil is a math learning specialist and author of Math Recess: Playful Learning in an Age of Disruption and Pi of Life. You can follow him on Twitter @Mathgarden.

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Sunil Says…

As a math educator, we tend to be caught up in the micro details of problem solving and strategies more often than not. While this makes sense, given the analytical nature of mathematics, I have found that some of the more valued human qualities are equally important in students trusting the journey of learning mathematics. For me, the idea of kindness as a virtue, has become a pillar in teaching mathematics. Through kindness we build trust and friendship, which facilitates a learning environment that allows risk, failure, and the acquisition of resilience.


Denis Sheeran

Dennis is a math education specialist, administrator, and the author of Hacking Mathematics: 10 Problems That Need Solving and Instant Relevance: Using Today's Experiences to Teach Tomorrow's Lessons. You can follow him on Twitter @MathDenisNJ and visit his website www.denissheeran.com for more information.

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Denis Says…

I've been an administrator for the past seven years, supervising math teachers and departments in NJ. In fact, it was in the early part of that experience that I was inspired to write Instant Relevance, Using Today's Experiences to Teach Tomorrow's Lessons. One of the biggest shifts that needs to happen in the classroom is less teacher talking and more student discourse. The saying goes, "whoever is doing the talking is doing the learning" and that needs to be a focus in math classrooms. So I came across a tool that measures the amount of time teachers and students are talking in the classroom by identifying your voice, multiple voices, and volume and then graphs the data for you on demand. It's called TeachFX. They call themselves a Fitbit for teachers that measures student engagement. As a full time math consultant now, I use the tool during professional development sessions and during teacher observations to give objective feedback to teachers after observing their classrooms. You'd be shocked to find out how much talking most teachers really do, when they do it, and how that contrasts what they thought they'd be doing.


Mark Chubb

Mark is a math teacher, instructional coach, and blog contributor to Building Mathematicians. You can follow him on Twitter @MarkChubb3.

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Mark Says…

For years, I have believed the most important thing we can do as educators is to plan for rich learning experiences, so our students could learn through problem solving. After years of being a math coach, I now see that providing rich experiences isn't enough. If we are aiming to make sure we are maximizing learning in our classrooms it takes us as the teachers to be learning about our students as developing mathematical thinkers, and to be continually curious about their understanding. That is, we need to be noticing and wondering about our students regularly. This is the essence of what assessment means. Here are strategies and practical advice to help us notice and wonder about our students: Noticing and Wondering - A Powerful Tool for Assessment.

Learn More: Using Notice-Wonder Activities to Support Math Learning


Jo Boaler

Jo is a Professor of Math Mathematics Education at Stanford University, founder of YouCubed, and author of Mathematical Mindsets and Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead, and Live Without Barriers. You can follow her on Twitter @joboaler.

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Jo Says:

My teaching has been most helped by the knowledge that connected brains are the most powerful and that when we engage students in mathematics through multiple forms of activity - drawing, writing, moving, modeling, building, calculating, and more—they learn most effectively. Mindset messages are very important but they need to be accompanied by the opening of mathematics teaching, so that students see the potential for growth. When we combine growth messages with open, growth teaching, mathematics becomes a beautiful subject for students. We share many ways to do this on www.youcubed.org and in my book Mathematical Mindsets.

Learn More: 5 Growth Mindset Books Every Math Teacher Should Read


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Why Is Math Important? Here's Your Simple Answer

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Why Is Math Important? Here's Your Simple Answer

Why is Math Important?

How to explain the importance of mathematics to your students.

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Teachers sometimes struggle to answer the question, Why is Math Important? The truth is that mathematics is intertwined into every element of our lives in both direct and indirect ways. By helping your students to understand the importance of mathematics and its connections to the real world, you can teach them to value their math skills as necessary life skills and not just rules and procedures needed to pass an exam.

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Helping students understand why math is important can be challenging.

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This question originally appeared on Quora.

Answer by Hans-Edward Hoene, Computer Engineer:

Everything in the world can be presented in terms of math. Unless you plan on having a career that requires no intellect (which is okay, it’s your life), you can bet your butt that math will play a prominent role in solving problems. Math is the language of nature.
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ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING IS MATH!!! The circuit topography which runs your computers and phones, the electromagnetic waves (represented as trigonometric equations) which transport data between telecommunications devices (otherwise known as making a call, text, web search, etc.), etc. The thing is that you can’t really understand how something is used unless you understand what is being used.

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Answer by Paul Graig Ellis

Mathematics is important for several reasons, including:

Maths has provided humanity and especially those who’ve created/discovered it, with a scheme of structured reasoning, causing us to evolve/learn how to reason, more deeply than using natural language alone
Maths has wide-ranging applications, especially in engineering, science and finance, enabling humanity to escape the limitations of inherently ambiguous natural language, allowing the establishment of more reliable knowledge and the accelerating development of the modern world. I should add the role of statistics in allowing knowledge to be obtained in the complex areas of e.g. psychology, sociology and politics.


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Answer by Arlen Agiliga

Mathematics is important because…

You need to be able to understand the fundamental, basic concepts of math to be able to survive in the world independently. If you didn’t know how to count, add, subtract, multiply, and divide, think of the number of things you wouldn’t be able to do. This is why math is so important. It’s a form of communication that people use in so many different ways every day. Without it, the world would be a mess.


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Answer by Shubham Jain, Civil Engineer:

Math skills are life skills. Here’s why:

  • Basic math skills help you to solve general math problems in your life, including simple addition and subtraction to managing your finances.

  • If you only master one skill in your life, math should be it. Otherwise, you will spend your life being vulnerable to being cheated, robbed or abused. You simply cannot survive without mathematics.

  • Practicing and learning mathematics develops your ability to think critically and to reason. It sharpens your mind and applies to all aspects of your day-to-day life.

  • Students often perceive mathematics as boring, overly abstract, uncreative, and extremely difficult to understand, which is why many of them develop math phobias as adults. However, the idea of having or not having a math brain is completely untrue. Everyone is capable of understanding mathematics at a high level.

  • Mathematics can be applied to a variety of career fields including chemistry, programming, technology, accounting, biology, and physics.

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21 Time-Saving Strategies, Activities, and Ideas All Math Teachers Should Know

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21 Time-Saving Strategies, Activities, and Ideas All Math Teachers Should Know

21 Time-Saving Strategies, Activities, and Ideas All Math Teachers Should Know

A Post By: Anthony Persico

Some have been around for a while others have only emerged in recent years – but all have been selected from our archives for math teachers of all grade levels, including first year math teachers. Enjoy!

Useful Resources and Strategies

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1. Free Math Worksheets — Topic-specific math worksheets are an essential tool for giving your students opportunities to practice and apply what they are learning in class. And while I do not recommend using worksheets as a primary teaching tool, they can be used effectively to supplement instruction and give students the extra practice that they need. Just be sure not to include time restrictions on completing worksheets or other math activities, as this practice can be damaging to students.

2. Puzzles, Riddles, and Brain Teasers — This collection of math puzzles and brain teasers (with answers) is a great ice-breaker activity (I share these with my students on the first day of school) or to use whenever you want your students to engage in creative and outside-of-the-box thinking. The activity comes as a printable PDF worksheet that is easy to share with your students.

3. The 10 Best Math Movies — Whether you want to give your students a break from testing, supplement your instruction, or share some well-earned Friday fun time, showing a math-themed movie in class can be an educational and enjoyable experience. This list shares the ten best school appropriate math movies. I always keep a copy of one or two of them in my desk drawer for a rainy day.

4. An Awesome Way to Teach Kids Fractions — Math teachers of all levels know that many students fail to gain a deep understanding of fractions and decimals. Creating fraction kits is an effective strategy for getting students to explore the idea of equivalent fractions and acquire a conceptual grasp of the topic, which is critical for being successful at higher levels of math. Once students master this topic, they are better equipped to perform more complex tasks like converting a decimal into a fraction.

5. Celebrate Pi Day — I’m always surprised by how many math teachers fail to celebrate Pi Day with their students, since March 14th is the only widely recognized mathematical holiday on the calendar. This collection of Pi Day resources includes a printable infographic and 5-minute Pi Day Fun Facts video that can be shared with students of all grade levels.

6. Inject Pop Culture Into Your Lesson Plans —You can easily boost student engagement by bringing elements of pop culture into your math activities. You can use my popular math activities involving The Avengers, Star Wars, and Nintendo’s Super Mario to channel student interest in movies and video games into meaningful learning experiences.

Boosting Student Engagement

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7. Step Up Your Warm Up Activities — I’m a firm believer that the first five minutes of any math lesson are the most important. If you don’t engage and excite your students within the first few minutes, then you will be fighting an uphill battle for the remainder of the lesson. This collection of activities will help you to open your lessons with strong hooks that will keep your students on their toes and excited for whatever comes next. And it includes one of my favorite activities, Two Truths and One Lie, where students are presented with three mathematical statements (only two of which are true) and they have to identify which statement is a lie and justify why their choice is correct.

8. Use More Hands-On Activities — Who said that learning math is a spectator sport? I’m a huge fan of giving my students opportunities to explore mathematical concepts via hands-on activities. Why? Because hands-on activities are a highly effective strategy for developing a strong conceptual understanding of a math topic. Some ideas include using Cheez-Its to explore area and perimeter, using Starburst candies to explore probability, and building fraction kits to explore equivalent fractions.

9. How to Get Your Students Writing About Math — More and more math teachers are incorporating more writing activities into their lesson plans—a trend that is being driven by the use of daily math journals and highly engaging think-notice-wonder writing prompts which help students to organize their thinking, apply key vocabulary, and communicate mathematically.

10. Which One Doesn’t Belong? — If you are looking to make your math warm-ups more visual and thought-provoking, then starting your lessons with Which One Doesn’t Belong? (WODB) activities is a great strategy for instantly sparking creative and critical student thinking that will last for the entire lesson. If you haven’t tried WODB activities yet, give them a try and watch your student engagement skyrocket!

11. Take Advantage of Holidays — I always make a point to steer my students’ enthusiasm for major holidays into meaningful learning experiences by incorporating math in some way. Whether you are building an entire lesson (like this math history lesson on Famous African American Mathematicians during Black History Month) or are just looking for a fun warm-up up or cool down activity to celebrate Christmas, Halloween, or Valentine’s Day, injecting some holiday spirit into your math lessons is always a good idea.

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12. Support a Growth Mindset in Your Classroom — Learning math with a growth mindset— the attitude that learning is a process where mistakes are celebrated as opportunities to grow—can change the way our students feel about the subject. With a growth mindset, I can’t becomes I can’t...yet, which blazes the trail to I can! You can support this mindset for learning in your classroom by sharing the right messages (like these inspiring growth mindset quotes), hanging a growth mindset poster in your classroom, and learning more about the supporting research.

13. Does Your Classroom Have the Essentials? — You know that, when it comes to learning, the environment plays a huge role. What does it take to make your classroom a warm and engaging learning environment? I like to start with organization (where my classroom teacher desk is always organized and packed with the essentials). Then I focus on decorating my classroom with colorful math posters and inspiring math quotes to create a supportive learning environment that is easy to set up and break down at the end of the year.

14. 21 Back to School Tips Every Teacher Needs — This collection of back-to-school tips will help you to reflect upon the previous school year to develop your weaknesses and build upon your strengths, make the most of your summer vacation, learn valuable lessons—like how to say ‘no’ more often—and how to use Twitter to engage in world class professional development from the comfort of your home.

15. Have a Plan for the End of the School Year — Savvy math teachers know that having a solid plan in place for getting through the final weeks of the school year is the key to preventing burnout and promoting personal well-being. I rely on using student-centered math projects at the end of the school year to keep my students engaged. This saved energy can be applied to packing up your classroom the right way, and entering your summer vacation feeling great.

16. Math Teacher Humor — It’s always a good idea to plan many opportunities to laugh during the school year. You can incorporate some math humor in your classroom by sharing funny math jokes and puns for kids, and you can lighten the mood in the teachers’ lounge or at your next faculty meeting by sharing some hysterical memes that every math teacher can relate to.

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17. Attend a Conference — Every math teacher should attend a conference at least once every few years. Conferences are a great place to network with fellow educators, learn new things (most conferences give you the flexibility to pursue topics that you are most interested in), discover emerging trends in math education, collect some awesome goodies and gifts, and make new friends.

18. Use Twitter for Personalized PD — Twitter has become a place where teachers go to network, swap ideas, and interact with math education gurus like Jo Boaler. This guide to using Twitter for personalized professional development will walk you through setting up an account, using hashtags, connecting with influencers, and building your personal learning network.

19. Embrace More Technology — This post shares simple and approachable ways to make your lessons more tech-friendly, including how to implement a bring your own device policy, setting up an online classroom, flipping you instruction using video lessons, and how to use popular software like Minecraft for Education.

20. Utilize YouTube — YouTube is a treasure trove of high quality and 100% free K-12 math video lessons that you can use to supplement your instruction both inside and outside of the classroom. These video lessons are especially helpful for students who need to brush up on topics while away from the classroom and they are a great resource for supporting your visual learners.

21. Make Real World Connections — I often tell my students that math is everywhere in an effort to blur the lines between the classroom walls and the real world. This collection of interesting real-world applications of mathematics will allow you to empower your students with the knowledge of the amazing places their math skills can take them.

Of course the above 21 Time-Saving Strategies, Activities, and Ideas for math teachers just scratch the surface of all there is to learn about the art of teaching mathematics effectively. Subscribe to our mailing list here to get more free daily resources, lessons, and tips in your inbox every week.

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10 Super Fun Math Riddles for Kids (with Answers)

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10 Super Fun Math Riddles for Kids (with Answers)

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Kids easily grow bored with repetitive and predictable worksheets. Challenging math riddles, on the other hand, are great for engaging kids to think critically and apply their math and reasoning skills in creative ways.

Math riddles and brain teasers can be used with kids in the classroom and at home as an effective strategy for improving problem-solving skills. Teachers and parents can use them to challenge their kids and keep them interested in learning math.

If you are looking for some challenging (or even a bit silly) math riddles and brain teasers for your kids, then check out this brand new collection of 10 Super Fun Math Riddles for Kids! These riddles are ideal for students in grades 3-8.

You can work through these riddles one-by-one by scrolling down, or you can click here to download all of them together in this free math riddles with answers PDF worksheet.

And if you get stuck, be sure to download your free Math Riddles for Kids PDF worksheet to access the answer key. Enjoy!

10 Awesome Maths Riddles and Brain Teasers for Kids:


1.) Troy has more than two dogs at home. All of them are corgis, except for two. All of them are pugs, except for two. All of them are labs, except for two. What kinds of dogs and how many of each kind does Troy have?

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Answer: Troy has 3 dogs: one corgi, one pug, and one lab

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2.) I am a three-digit number. My tens digit is six more than my ones digit. My hundreds digit is eight less than my tens digit. What number am I?

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Answer: 193


3.) A grandmother, two mothers, and two daughters went to a baseball game together and bought one ticket each. How many tickets did they buy in total?

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Answer:  3 tickets (the grandmother is also a mother and the mother is also a daughter)


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4.) When Miguel was 6 years old, his little sister, Leila, was half is age. If Miguel is 40 years old today, how old is Leila?

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Answer: She is 37 years old.


5.) What can you put between a 7 and an 8 so that the result is greater than a seven, but less than an eight? 

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Answer: A decimal. 7.8 is greater than 7, but less than 8


6.) The total cost for a new pair of headphones and a new pair of sunglasses is $140. The headphones cost $100 more than the sunglasses. How much do the headphones cost?

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Answer: The headphones cost $120 and the sunglasses cost $20.


7.) Leon works at the aquarium. When he tries to put each turtle in its own tank, he has one turtle too many. But if he puts two turtles per tank, he has on tank too many. How many turtles and how many tanks does Leon have?

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Answer: He has 3 tanks and 4 turtles


8.) How far can a dog run into the woods?

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Answer: Half way (after that, the dog would be running out of the woods)


9.) Alvin spent half as much as Lorie did on holiday presents this year and Chris spent 3 times more than Alvin did. The total spent between the three of them was $720. How much money did each person spend?

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Answer: Alvin spent $120, Lorie spent $240, and Chris spent $360


10.) You are given an 8 gallon jug filled with water, and also two empty jugs: one that holds 5 gallons and another that holds 3 gallons. Using these three jugs, how can you measure exactly 4 gallons of water?

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Answer: Fill te 5-gallon jug. Next, pour from the 5-gallon jug to completely fill the 3-gallon jug (leaving 2 gallons in the 5-gallon jug). Then, pour all of the water from the 3-gallon jug back into the 8-gallon jug. Next, pour the two gallons from the 5-gallon jug into the 3-gallon jug, which would leave it with one gallon of space available. Then, fill the 5-gallon jug again. Finally, pour from the 5-gallon jug into the 3-gallon jug (filling up the one gallon of available space), which would leave you with exactly four gallons in the 5-gallon jug!


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Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
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21 Cool Math Games and Activities for Kids in Elementary School

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21 Cool Math Games and Activities for Kids in Elementary School

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Math teachers are always looking for cool math games and activities to share with students at the elementary and middle school levels. Using cool math games and activities in your lesson plans is a great strategy for boosting student engagement and excitement for learning math inside and outside of the classroom.

The following list of cool math games and activities for kids includes math video games, math board games, math puzzles and brain teasers, and other fun math game and activity ideas.

These cool maths games and activities are perfect for lesson plans, at home learning, summer session, and more. Which one will be your favorite?


Cool Math Games and Activities for Kids: Video Games

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1.) Prodigy

With over 900 crucial math skills for Grades 1 - 8, Prodigy is the perfect game for mastering mathematics both at home and at school (visit).

2.) Math Playground

Math Playground is a popular learning site filled with math games, logic puzzles and a variety of 
problem solving activities. A favorite of parents and teachers, Math Playground provides 
a safe place for children to learn and explore math concepts at their own pace (visit).

BrainPop Jr. shares a huge collection of fun, game-based learning math lessons.

BrainPop Jr. shares a huge collection of fun, game-based learning math lessons.

3.) BrainPop Jr

Gently encourages young learners to ask questions and form their own ideas about core math learning topics (visit).

4.) DreamBox Learning-Math

DreamBox Learning Math is an adaptive, online K-8 math program designed to complement classroom instruction and deliver results (visit).

5.) Monkey Math (iOS app)

Join your child’s favorite monkey in math games and activities in a playfully designed beach-themed world (visit)


Cool Math Games and Activities for Kids: Board Games

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6.) Sum Swap

Kids develop math fluency and early math skills basic as they play through the game board (learn more).

Kids love to play the  Sequence Numbers  game!

Kids love to play the Sequence Numbers game!

7.) Sequence Numbers

Match the addition or subtraction equation on the card to the correct answer on the board, and place your chip there (learn more).

8.) Dino Math Tracks Place Value Game

Learn place value, counting, addition, and subtraction with a prehistoric twist! (learn more)

9.) Pay Day!

This classic board game is much easier than Monopoly and teaches kids how to make and manage money (learn more)

10.) Pizza Fraction Fun Game

Segmented pizzas provide a multi-sensory way to introduce and explore fractions (learn more)


Cool Math Games and Activities for Kids: Math Puzzles

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11.) Daily Sudoku for Kids

Sudoku puzzles are a great activity for kids. They exercise the brain, help develop logical reasoning, and provide a sense of achievement (visit).

12.) Riddles from Math Warehouse

Your kids will have a blast with fun math riddles and brain teasers! (visit)

Get free math puzzles at www.mashupmath.com

Get free math puzzles at www.mashupmath.com

13.) Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Puzzles from Mashup Math

Sharing these fun, free, and printable daily math puzzles with your students is guaranteed to boost student engagement and get your kids exciting about practicing and learning math every day! (visit)

14.) Which One Doesn’t Belong?

Make your math warm-ups more visual and thought-provoking with Which One Doesn’t Belong? activities. They’re a great strategy for instantly sparking creative and critical student thinking (learn more and access free sample graphics).

15.) Two Truths and One Lie! (2T1L)

2T1L is a fun way to spark deep mathematical thinking and open discussion at the start (or end—2T1L activities make great exit tickets) of any lesson (learn more and access sample activities)


Cool Math Games and Activities for Kids: Fun Activities

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16.) The Barbie Bungee Jump!

The Barbie Bungee Jump Experiment is a super fun, hands-on, group STEM lesson idea (learn more).

17.) The Human Number Line

Fraction Kits are simple and highly effective.

Fraction Kits are simple and highly effective.

Every student receives a card with a value on the front and they have to stand side-by-side to create a human number line! Make this activity extra challenging by only allow certain students to speak (or none at all). (video example)

18.) Fraction Kit

Creating fraction kits is a great way to get your kids exploring equivalent fractions and acquiring a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic (learn more)

19.) Math Facts Hopscotch

Challenge kids to a game of hopscotch, multiplication hopscotch that is. Get some fresh air while skip counting and hopping! (learn more)

20.) The Famous Four 4’s Activity

Can you find every number between 1 and 20 using only four 4’s and any operation? (Here’s an example √4 + √4 + 4⁄4 = 5). (learn more)

21.) Candy Math!

Using candy as a hands-on math learning tool is a great way to make good use of all the piles of candy at Halloween or Easter and to boost student engagement (get 30+ Amazing Candy Math Activities for Kids).


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By Anthony Persico

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Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
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