A **big shout out** to all the participants of the workshop last week at **Twain Sullivan Elementary in Houston, BC**! I appreciated your participation and your enthusiasm as we delved into the wonderful world of mathematics!

A focus for the day was on **sense-making in mathematics —** that it is important for students to be making meaning in what they do each day. We talked about the importance of number relationships, particularly the **whole-part-part relationship**. The more ways a student knows to pull apart a number, the stronger his mathematical thinking! We played with mental math in **halving and doubling** (even using **Russian Peasant Multiplication**) and in using **number strings**.

We used a variety of visual tools for making sense in mathematics:§ Fraction pocket charts (link here for a blog post on those)

- 100-grids for decimals
- percent/decimal circles
- blank number lines
- pattern blocks for fractions

I trust you had ideas and tools to use right away in your classrooms with your students. Let me know how it goes!

Mathematically yours,

Carollee