Showing posts with label math word wall ideas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label math word wall ideas. Show all posts

Integer Rules Visual References for Addition and Subtraction


We learn how to add and subtract in kindergarten. And this is about the last time addition and subtraction are easier!

When we get to the integers, there are some pretty concrete rules to follow for multiplication and division. But this isn’t so true for addition and subtraction. 

This trips kids when working on integer operation problems, solving equations, finding inverses and any other time numbers on either side of zero need to be combined. Kids get to thinking they “can’t do Algebra/Algebra 2/Geometry, etc” when really it’s all integers.

Math Word Wall Frequently Asked Questions

math word wall frequently asked questions

In this post I'll answer some of the questions I have been asked about math word walls. If you have any questions I haven't covered, I'd love to hear from you!

Middle School Math Word Wall Ideas

Middle school math word wall ideas for teaching 6th, 7th and 8th grade math vocabulary

For a year between teaching mainstream high school math and teaching special education high school math, I tried teaching middle school. My husband and I had moved further out from the city, the job was listed as an 8th grade Algebra position, I love Algebra, it was closer to my new apartment, what could go wrong?

5 Ways Math Word Walls Have Changed My Teaching

5 ways decorating my classroom with math word walls changed my teaching

Adding a visual math word wall to my classroom completely changed the way my students were able to access our math vocabulary. The way I taught and was able to reach my students also changed. I could now get students back on track faster when they were confused and always had access to reminders of past material to point to in the middle of new lessons. 

A Math Word Wall PEMDAS Mobile


Some ideas seem so simple but for some reason have details that take forever to work out. This PEMDAS mobile was one of those ideas. 

UPDATE! There are now letters included to make a GEMDAS, GEMS, BIMDAS or BEMDAS mobile instead.

Parallel Lines Cut by a Transversal Poster and Coloring Page

parallel lines cut by a transversal

This year I am teaching a Study Skills class for the first time. All of my students in the class are sophomores, which means they are all taking Geometry. Recently, they're all learning about parallel lines, transversals and angle relationships and I have been finding that I really need a visual for them to reference. 

High School Math Word Wall Ideas

High school math word wall ideas for algebra, geometry and algebra 2

Adding a math word wall to my classroom completely changed my teaching. A couple years before making the jump to teaching high school special education math, I taught mainstream Algebra and Algebra 2 in Boston. 

4 Important Things to Include on an Algebra 2 Word Wall

4 Important Things to Include on an Algebra 2 Word Wall

The first thing I hear when telling people I teach Algebra 2 is, "Whoa, that must be hard!", or something along these lines. If you teach high school, you know that high school kids are just little kids in big bodies who usually have even bigger emotions. But I have found that they sometimes like to hide these emotions deep, deep down and that this is especially true in math.

What I want to tell people when they ask what I do for a living is "boost kids' feelings towards Math". Can I make that an official title? All jokes aside, I take this part of my job very seriously. Word walls in my classroom are an essential extension of my teaching. Kids say the darndest things! They also ask the most random questions. And when they do, I am able to quickly point at a reference on our math word wall.