Math Resources for Teachers

Math Teacher Toolkit

Math Teacher Toolkit

Math is everywhere in daily life, but students often fail to see the connection between what is in the classroom and what is in the real world. That disconnect can be a challenge for students, their parents and especially teachers.

As the expectations for mathematical fluency increase, math teachers may find themselves at different stages in their training, abilities and how best to help students build on their existing knowledge.

A key part is understanding math and numerical literacy and making classroom concepts relevant to everyday living. There are strategies for teaching math literacy that improve learning and lessen anxiety.

Whether you teach elementary school, middle school or high school, you’ll find resources that will strengthen your math skills, help you and your students fill in gaps or jump ahead, and extend learning beyond the classroom.

 

Math Class Technology 101

Calculator and abacus for math classes.

As a teacher, are you concerned with technology taking over your classroom? Tackle that challenge head-on with these fun and educational uses for technology.

More schools are allowing students to use cell phones and tablets in class. That idea isn’t popular with everyone, but there are some technological advantages to classwork and homework.

4 Math Software Programs for Students
Teachers and parents are always looking for engaging software programs so students can practice challenging math concepts outside the classroom. These programs provide ideal ways to supplement lesson plans and make an otherwise daunting subject fun.


Pros and Cons of Allowing Kids to Use Calculators in Math Class
The calculator debate has been circulating in classroom discussions for a while. Should students be able to use calculators? Or should they rely on their own brain and knowledge to solve a problem? From accuracy to cost, we examine the pros and cons.


5 iPad Apps for Middle School Math Classes
Middle school students often struggle to stay focused during the typical lecture-style lesson. As more kids gain iPads, fun apps offer a way to engage students in nontraditional math instruction.

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Engaging Lesson Plans

Calculator, pencil, and paper supplies for a math project

One of the hardest things for a teacher is determining how to make lesson plans educational and engaging. Math teachers especially struggle because most students say math is their least-favorite subject. The trick is to balance fun with the concept.

5 Elementary Math Lessons That Get Students Engaged
Even though students are more eager to learn in elementary school, many struggle with math. Try a variety of strategies ranging from video and audio in the classroom to assigning math mentors to students as a way to change up the concepts.


Math Puzzles for Middle School Students
With various multiplication puzzles, addition and subtraction worksheets, and customizable puzzles for teachers, middle school math will become a fun and engaging subject for all students. Puzzle options on these sites include number jumbles, Sudoku, online math games and math crosswords.


Engaging with Numbers: 3 Challenging 7th-Grade Math Projects
Math projects offer students a chance to demonstrate how topics covered in class relate to the real world. Here are some projects that incorporate probability and statistics, and financial planning, all concepts that students will encounter after they graduate and are working.


Math Project Ideas for 9th-Graders
More complicated mathematical concepts arrive in high school, and students often struggle to grasp these concepts. Putting students to work on hands-on projects such as building bridges will weave in geometry, algebra and physics.


Free High School Math Lesson Plans to Download
For many high school teachers, developing new lesson plans or extra-credit assignments can be time-consuming. Check out this list of free downloadable lesson plans that offer exercises for geometry, order of operations, number theory and more.

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Homework Help

High school logarithmic problem

Many students seem to understand the problems and functions in the classroom while the teacher is explaining the lesson. But when they go home and attempt the problems themselves, confusion sets in. These resource sites guide students — and teachers and parents.

Websites that Help Students with High School Math
High school math may begin with algebra, but it quickly moves into more complex problem-solving techniques and advanced theories. From games to videos to sample tests, these websites help students better understand the lesson.


Sites That Answer Math Questions Online
When a student gets stuck and the teacher is not available, these math sites act like a tutor and offer guided practice for subjects ranging from algebra to trigonometry, calculus and statistics.


3 Online Math Dictionaries
Mathematical concepts and terms can get very confusing and intimidating for some. These sites act as reference guides by separating out the complicated terms and providing clear definitions and examples.


5 Free Interactive Elementary Math Websites for Teachers
Free resources are available for students who need more practice in elementary math topics and for teachers who need lesson plan and classroom activity ideas. These resources are broken out by grade level so they are easily identifiable by teachers and parents alike.

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Math Tips & Tricks

Math graphs and charts on a chalkboard

Many math problems seem like they take hours, but savvy problem solvers employ these tips to reduce the time it takes to complete a single problem. When you don’t need to show your work, check out these tricks for quick math in your head.

10 Ways to Do Fast Math: Tricks and Tips for Doing Math in Your Head
In real life, you can’t always grab a pencil and paper to compute something. These steps help you do math easily in your head – and help students gain confidence, too.


Basic Math Teaching Strategies
Variety should top your list of classroom teaching strategies. Check out these teaching strategies to eliminate boredom and provide opportunities for students to practice concepts.


3 Tips for Running an Elementary School Math Workshop
Workshops are a great tool to make sure students don’t get left behind in the curriculum and to gauge where each student is in their academic journey. Check out tips for a successful workshop.


3 Tips for Developing Elementary Math Tests
Various testing methods not only help teachers know if students understand the concepts but also relay the information educators need to modify teaching styles and curriculum lesson plans.

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Free Time Fun: Math Edition

Girl with an I heart math sign

We understand being a teacher comes with a busy schedule, but you deserve a bit of fun, too. In your free time or with your students, enjoy some popular math websites, Twitter handles, TED Talks and games. And if you need a skills refresher, we have books for that, too.

4 Math Books for Teachers Who Need to Brush up on Their Skills
These books can help teachers review math concepts and compile teaching methods for math classes at all levels.


On the Web: Twitter, Bloggers, Great Sites
See what your fellow math teachers are saying on blogs and on Twitter. And check out our picks for math TED talks.


7 Cooperative Math Games Teachers and Students Will Love
Try these suggestions for games that feel like a free time activity for students while you know they are sharpening their skills. To get away from the repetitive nature of the classroom, teachers can do this fun exercise with their students.


5 Ideas to Help You Start a Middle School Math Club
A great way for a teacher to encourage students’ interest in middle school math is to start a math club on campus. Check out the steps.

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