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Math Facts // Each set of flashcards is designed for 2-sided printing on regular paper. The answers are in a light grey so that they will not be visible from the front. While mathematics is much, much more than math facts, knowing math facts with fluency is important to a student’s success.

About this Blog // One thing I could talk about forever is math. Read about how instruction is changing, my views on standardized testing, and other interesting topics in mathematics.

  • WHEN I WAS A KID, PLUTO WAS A PLANET...

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: DECOMPOSE, BORROW, VOCABULARY

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    If you have a child in school today, then Pluto was still a planet when you were in school. What happened? Pluto hasn’t changed, but our knowledge of Pluto has. I’m sure you have noticed that much of what you learned, or the way you learned it, is not what or how your child is taught today. One classic example is subtraction in mathematics. Once upon a time we used to “borrow” from a neighbor next door if we didn’t have enough to subtract. If you were solving 62-38, you would go to the 6 and “borrow” 10 ones. Did you ever give them back? No. We now realize that the vocabulary we use to teach number concepts to children is essential for them to truly understand what is happening. (more…)

  • MY LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH STANDARDIZED TESTING

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: TESTING

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    I have mixed feelings about standardized testing. I love the accountability it brings for teachers, students and parents. I hate the anxiety it creates in students, the class time that is wasted on learning how to answer standardized test questions, and the focus on procedural learning instead of problem solving. (more…)


Hi, I am Melissa Johnson. I have an M.A. in Mathematics Education and have spent many years teaching mathematics at the elementary and high school level. Currently, I am a Math Staff Developer for the seventh largest school district in the country. I have conducted math professional development for k-12 teachers at the district and state level in Texas and California. I love mathematics, and love watching students discover the amazing network of relationships between math concepts and the fascinating patterns in our number system.