In a link from multiplication.com, I have discovered a TERRIFIC website created by a math coach from Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Elementary Math, AKA Greg Coleman, has a wealth of freebies on his site, along with a vast array of materials and lessons on problem solving and much, much more.
His most recent post shares a problem-solving approach he used with a 3rd grade class. He includes free templates but I was especially interested in his strategy of solving problems without any numbers. I think that is a solid approach for struggling math students. They won’t be able to grab those numbers and run in the wrong direction. He also suggests acting out the problem, which would be easy to do with counters or other manipulatives.
I’ve spent time enjoying his older posts (I’m nowhere finished!) but here’s what stands out:
- Mr. Elementary loves to teach, loves math, and shares that love with students and other teachers (he’s in a great position as a math coach).
- He makes excellent use of visual models for everything I’ve seen. The graphics are well done and engaging.
- He is after deep understanding of math concepts, not teaching to the test. (I would bet that his students do well on any test.)
- Mr. Elementary Math makes math fun! His lessons and materials are very cool.
- He is generous. There are SO many free printables in his posts. Wow.
This talented math teacher publishes Mr. Elementary Math, a newsletter, and also produces materials for sale on Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT). Here’s a glance at the HUGE number of inexpensive resources he has created:
I’m now a happy follower of Mr. Elementary Math! (And I have to take back all those stereotypical things I’ve said about how a male teacher’s class looks! Yeah, it’s a female teacher foible.)