Do you need some convincing about how you can effectively use task cards in the classroom? Do you like the idea of task cards, but don’t have the time to make them? All that printing and laminating and cutting can look like it’s not worth your time. Well, we have some solutions to get the most out of task cards for your students in the least amount of time for you. Keep on reading to find out how we use them and why we think they’re so valuable.

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## Interactive Math Notebooks Representing Numbers

We use interactive notebooks in our math class. We have found creating a reference book of concepts and procedures that students can refer to when working in math helps them build confidence and develop independence.

We’re not going to lie. They are a lot of work, but the working is meaningful. We found on average our math grades improved and students were able to retain more of their learning year over year.

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## Things We Learned From Interactive Math Notebooks

When a colleague told us we should try interactive notebooks in math, we agreed and then went on our merry ways and did math the same old way for another year, so at the end of that school year, she approached us again and DEMANDED we buy an Interactive Math Journal lesson plan set. We took a look, bought it and then went on summer vacation never to think about math for a whole two months. Near the end of the summer we opened it up and it *CHANGED OUR WORLD*. We will never teach math the same way again. That being said, there are a few things we learned about the process and we wanted to share these tips with you so you don’t have to spend so much time figuring things out yourself.

## Add Candy Hearts to Your Math Lesson

Adding candy to any lesson will always engage students, but why not get some math out of it in the process? [Read more…] about Add Candy Hearts to Your Math Lesson

## The Truth About New Math

We keep hearing people (like parents, the media, and politicians) talking about how “new math” is ruining mathematics education.

What is this “new math” of which you speak? I see the memes on Facebook and wonder, have I been teaching math wrong? Has math changed? Did I miss an email about this?

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