A4A: Nix the Tricks 2018

This workshop helps teachers define and outline grade-level appropriate tools, math models and strategies that can be used to model thinking around computational problems to help students prove their thinking and understanding in many ways. We will focus on how to move beyond memorized steps and acronyms, such as KCF (keep-change-flip), to conceptual understanding that endures.

  1. Presentation for Nix the Tricks – Day 1 (Grade 5 – 6)

  2. Presentation for Nix the Tricks – Day 2

  3. Nix the Tricks (.pdf)

  4. 12 Rules that Expire (NCTM article)

  5. 13 Rules that Expire (NCTM article)

  6. Rethinking the Order of Operations (NCTM article)

  7. SEDL Insights – Teaching Math Conceptually

  8. Molina Como Webinar

  9. Place Value Slider

  10. Video: How do you really feel about math? 

  11. Video: Long Division Rap

  12. Video: Dr. Nicki’s 5th Grade Beaded Number Line

  13. Video: GFletchy – Division (will on remain posted for the duration of the workshop)

  14. Math Mistakes Blog

  15. Explorations A and B

  16. Article: “Why Floundering is Good”

  17. Handouts:


  18. NYS Released Items 2013 to Present:

  19. Online Resources: