Welcome to The Tutor Coach Resources section for lesson planning. Lesson planning can be an exciting but time consuming task for each of your tutor students. Here, you will find a comprehensive list of tools and websites I highly recommend for maximizing your time and resources when it comes to lesson planning.

I have tested every recommendation on this page. Many of these resources I use today in my own tutor business and/or were crucial in the development and success of The Tutor Coach. Although some of these contain affiliate links, I stand 100% behind these brands and know you will love them as much as I do.

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Profitable Tutor Framework

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The Novice Tutor

Get your questions answered about running a successful tutor business with Adrianne’s 5-star ebook, The Novice Tutor.

Scribblar

Scribblar is an online collaboration and whiteboard tool that is perfect for online tutoring.

Acuity Scheduling

Acuity Scheduling is a life-changing scheduling software. Automate your tutor appointments, cancellations and reminders.

My Top Lesson Planning Resources

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10 Ways to Spot Dyslexia in Your Tutor Students

|This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.| During my time as a tutor, I’ve taught reading to several students.  I LOVED it, but there was some that I just didn’t know what was up until...

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Learn How to Earn $1,000/week Tutoring for the ACT

Specializing my tutor business was one of the best decisions I’ve made over the past 10 years.  When I first started out, I was tutoring everything from math to reading.  Then I narrowed to just math.  Finally, I settled on just middle school math.   Matt...

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Tutor Lesson Planning Series: ESL

Working with ESL (English as a Second Language) is something I’ve never done before. This set of skills is in high demand as parents seek help for their children or themselves to master the English language. Joy Fonerderson shares with us.  Enjoy!  Adrianne...

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Tutor Lesson Planning Series: Writing

Tutoring writing is one of those things that totally mystifies me.  As you can tell here on the blog, I am not a natural writer and I often find myself wishing I would’ve taken my writing classes more seriously as that seems to be the skill I am using day in and...

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Tutor Lesson Planning Series: Math

Have you been feeling overwhelmed about how to plan for your math tutoring students?  In this post, I’ll share how I plan in addition to what resources I use over and over with my students.  We’ll begin with the student inquiry and move on from there to assessment and...

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Tutor Lesson Planning Series: Dyslexia

As you’ve heard me mention many times before, dyslexia affects 1 in 5 children. As a reading tutor, you are going to come across this more than once. I am excited to share with you how Jennifer Lynn Hoffman of WYN Dyslexia Specialists prepares for her students....

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Tutor Lesson Planning Series: Reading

Many tutors feel overwhelmed at figuring out how to serve their students best when for many their background stems from working within a school where scope, program, sequence, and pacing is all provided for you.  After tutors had filled out my last survey, I...

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Tutor Lesson Planning Series: ACT, SAT , and PSAT

Andrew Vickery is a civil engineer by day and math/test prep tutor by night (a modern day Clark Kent perhaps–saving students one at a time).  He is having great success with his students and wanted to share with the readers here at the Tutor Coach how he creates...

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Practical Tips for Working with ADD Students

One day, I was working with a student on order of operations with my student Ray (names have been changed).  We were doing an activity that involved math riddles.  It was stretching him to his focus abilities.  I can’t make too much eye contact with this...

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Whizzimo: an Online Reading Tool

In March of 2015, I was having a discussion with Amy Herd, an online dyslexia reading tutor about how most online tutoring platforms are built for older students and sometimes not very user friendly.  We talked about our wishes for a platform that was simple to use...

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How Does Exercise Make You A Better Student?

Jake does things differently in his tutor business.  I think you’ll be surprised at his reasoning, but even more excited to try his methods with your own students.  Enjoy–Adrianne At first, some parents don’t understand why the exercise portion of...

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Fluency: What’s a Tutor to do?

If you teach reading, it comes as no surprise to you that fluency is on everybody’s mind. Schools assess it. Parents are told their child needs to work on it. Students will talk about fluency as one of their goals. But, what exactly do we mean by fluency and what can...

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How To Tackle Math Story Problems

Ever wonder how to tackle math story problems? They can definitely be overwhelming for students, (and sometimes for me too!). These problems can be long, too “wordy”, give extra information you don’t even need, and can be confusing. How do you even...

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Sushi Monster – Free Math App

Sushi Monster, a free math app from Scholastic, is a great way to review addition and multiplication with your students! I always love to whip this out during a tutoring session to break things up, and to make review a little more exciting.   Many Addition &...

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Enjoy Summer and Tutor: An Online Summer Program Idea

Be free…do more this summer than just tutor. Every summer, I think this year is going to be different.  This year I’ll be more spontaneous with my boys.  This is the summer we will have lazy days by the pool.  Every summer, I totally fail with...

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Crafts, Art, and Tutoring

I adore art and have used it to teach my students how to follow sequential steps to create a craft.  Today, Corinne Jacob shares more about how you can use crafts and art to do even more with your students.  If you enjoy this post, please share!  -Adrianne What Do...

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Why Handwriting and Tutors Go Hand-in-Hand

I am so excited to welcome Kristin Butler, a tutor from Arkansas.  Her tip for today is very timely for myself as I was just lecturing my own children about having neat handwriting.  It takes some convincing in this technology driven world.  Kristin shares an idea...

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Filling in the Gaps: Phonemic Awareness

Please welcome Sarah Rimkunas, a fellow tutor and certified literacy specialist.  Today she shares what she does with older children that struggle with reading.  I hope you enjoy!  – Adrianne The Phonological Processing System One of the challenges tutors face...

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How I Prepare My Students For Testing

Tests can be quite overwhelming and can fill kids with anxiety. As a tutor, I think you have a great opportunity to get rid of some of that anxiety and help your students to be prepared. It’s always helpful to talk to parents/teachers about the test and what...

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Math is Real Life: Estimation

The Power of Estimation As a tutor, I feel like I am always lecturing my students about the power of estimation.  We use it all the time whether we are conscious of it or not.  I can relate because as a child, I despised doing estimation work as I always just wanted...

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Getting Organized for New Students: Assessments

This is part 2 of a series of posts where I am sharing my intake process or my new student procedure for tutoring.  We’ll be covering assessments in this post.  If you missed the first part of the intake series, please click here. How I Use Assessments in My...

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Winter Math Activities

20 Fabulous & Free Winter Math Activities Here is a list of fabulous Winter Math Activities – perfect for grades K-5. I love having lists like this to easily refer to, and I hope it can help you out as well! You’ll find all kinds of fun math activities...

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Geometry Proofs

Proofs have a Presence in our Every Day Lives Whether we think so or not, proofs do have a presence in our every day lives.  Recently,  I was randomly browsing Twitter and saw a tweet from Jimmy Fallon saying that he was on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry...

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Christmas Math Activities

Christmas Math Activities – All in One Place! Check out this list of Christmas Math Activities! I love finding these on Pinterest, and I love having them all in one place for convenience, so I hope it helps you out too. These activities definitely have the cute...

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AT 004: How Do I Choose an Assessment?

Selecting Assessments This question comes from Catia!  She’s wanting to know more about selecting assessments to use with her students.  Do you have a question about assessments or some other aspect of running a tutor business?  Submit your question to...

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30+ Books About Math

Work on Math Skills While Reading Fun Stories In these 30+ books about math, your students will be able to work on math skills while reading fun stories, which I believe is a win-win! You don’t want to miss out on these math books – from counting and...

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DIY Advent Candles

All my childhood, I remember having an advent candle that we burned every night at dinner.  This tradition was started by my aunt Carol.  Even when I had grown and left the nest, my aunt Carol sent me a candle so that I could start this tradition with my own family....

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AT 003: How Do You Keep Within Your Tutor Session Time?

Hey all!  Today marks a new direction that I am taking Ask the Tutor.  I decided that shooting a video each week was going to be the death of me!  It is so much work.  I decided to give podcasting a try.  Getting it set up was more tricky than I wanted it to be, but I...

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Free Math Drill Worksheets

  FREE Worksheets for Math Drills Need to find some FREE worksheets for doing math drills? I have found two websites that are loaded with all kinds of math drill worksheets for elementary and middle school levels: Math-Drills.com and Math-Aids.com. These websites...

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Three Letters That Can Change a Student’s Attitude

Please welcome Michele, a fellow private math tutor!  She shares with us a simple, yet effective way to help your students change their mindset when they reach a frustrating moment in their learning.  I think you’ll enjoy it!  What phrase do you use to encourage...

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The Three Read Strategy for Contextual Math Problems

This summer, I had the pleasure of attending the Idaho Regional Mathematics Conference in Boise, Idaho.  I loved all of the classes and found Phil Daro (lead author of the Common Core Standards for Math) to be quite interesting.  One of my favorite classes was, The...

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Math is Real Life: Rate Forumula

Math at the Race Track We have the privilege of living in a town that has access to a small speedway.  My boys are big car fans and this year we felt everyone was finally old enough to enjoy watching some races.  One thing you may not know about me is that I am...

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Who Ate My Cake? (A Fractions Game)

A Fun & Hands-On Way to Engage with Fractions There are many ways to represent fractions.  The one I see most frequently is a circle.  It becomes quite cumbersome to cut a circle into 25ths.  I prefer to have my students work with rectangles or squares for...

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Cough and Sneeze, Cover It Please!

I will never forget my first year of teaching.  After being quite healthy for such a long period of time,  nothing could have prepared me for that first year of colds and stomach viruses.  Take a moment and imagine if you will, I was teaching in an autism preschool....

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5 Ways to Teach Fractions (And Make Them Stick)

Getting Fractions to “Stick” Fractions are one of those math concepts that confuse students.  It’s a tragedy when students don’t master understanding them because fractions are…well…EVERYWHERE!  No matter what topic we teach, if we...

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Get Your Students to Stay Seated, Organized, and Focused

Today is part two of a fantastic set of posts from Anne-Marie Morey of the Bay Tree Blog.  I absolutely love the monkey thought idea from part one, I’ve immediately put that one to use!  If you missed part one, you can read it here.  If you enjoy this content in...

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Using Dice For Math Activities

  Dice Make a Boring Worksheet Come Alive! I love using dice in my tutoring because they can make any boring worksheet come alive! My students love being able to pick out what dice they want (I have a few different colors), and rolling them over and over. I love...

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Top 15 Math Games For Summer Tutoring

These top 15 math games are a fun way to practice math this summer with the students you tutor! The grade levels for these games range from K-8, and for many of them you can adjust the difficulty to fit the student’s needs. I love including games in my own...

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Daily Math Puzzlers: A Powerful Tutoring Resource!

Strategies to Solve Math Story Problems One of my most favorite math tutoring resources – hands down! – is Laura Candler’s Daily Math Puzzler program.  While originally created for classroom use, I’ve found the program to be beneficial in a...

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Summer Tutoring Plans

Using Let’s Go Learn Assessments to Guide My Summer Tutoring I’ve been wanting to write this post for some time, but the month of May got a little crazy as the school year ended.  Today, I wanted to show you how I am using my assessments from Let’s...

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Free Math Apps By Grade Level

Here are 30 FREE math apps organized by grade levels (some apps may overlap). Use these apps as a fun way to practice math skills, whether you are at home or in the classroom! You’ll see my top pick in each section, which just means it was my favorite and really...

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The Gift of Learning with Beth Shier

What do dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, laziness, and motivation have in common?  You’ll have to watch to find out more!  Beth Shier, director of NOIT has real life experience with watching her bright, smart child become labeled as difficult, lazy, and uncooperative in the...

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How Do I Find Affordable Tutoring Curriculum?

You may have noticed to the right of this blog post is a new section where you can let me know what topics interest you–After waiting some time, I saw that many of you wanted to know more about finding affordable tutor curriculum.  When I first started tutoring,...

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Jenga Learning {Bright Ideas Blog Hop}

Today I am teaming up with a bunch of teacher bloggers to bring you bright ideas!  This is a blog hop and all are invited to hop along with us and find more great ideas for your classroom or students.  All you have to do is look for the next bloggers button at the...

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Ratio Tables and Crepes

I am linking up again with all the amazing gals of the Math is Real Life blog hop:  4mulaFun, Fourth Grade Studio, Teaching to Inspire in 5th, AND MissMathDork.  I love this stuff! Crepe Craving So the other night, I had a craving for crepes and my grocery store had...

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How to Prepare for Your First Reading Student

It’s Monday morning at 10:00am and you receive your first phone call from a parent requesting a reading tutor. Finally!! You have a new reading student, but what do you do now? How do you prepare for your new student? What materials and resources do you need to make...

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Math is Real Life: Pantry Renovation

We moved into a new house this summer.  There were plenty of closets in the house, but two of them were pretty useless.  One was a tiny pantry located inside the kitchen and a closet just five steps away from the kitchen. This closet had shelves that were about 10...

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Test Taking Skills

Please welcome Deven Trowers of Trowers Dream Academy.  Today she shares with us tips for test taking.  Feel free to leave any comments or questions below for Deven.  -Adrianne For many students, taking a test can be very stressful. Often times, students experience a...

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The Ultimate Mathematics Resource Pack for Tutors

  ENTER TO WIN HERE! Isn’t this giveaway amazing?!  It continues to be amazing with all of these math resources that were generously donated by my teacher friends.  Let’s take a peek into each resource! Math Resources for Tutoring Included in this...

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The Ultimate Online Tutoring Tool-Wacom Tablets

+ 12 Teacher Authors!   ENTER TO WIN HERE! Grand Prize Preview:  Intuos Pro Medium Tablet by Wacom As I was in the beginning phases of planning The Ultimate Tutor Giveaway, my mind turned to online tutors and what their desires may be.  Which lead me to think...

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Geometry Cross Sections with Play Dough

The other night I was tutoring one of my high school geometry students.  We were working on cross sections and identifying what shapes were made when you “cut” into the shape with a plane at different angles.  The images on his homework were making it...

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Math Test Checklist

Blair of One Lesson at a Time shared a fabulous independent thinker freebie checklist that helps students get to the root of what they really need help with.  With her permission, I’ve created a checklist for math students!  This checklist is appropriate for...

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I Spy Christmas Ornaments

This ornament is by far my boys favorite ornament.  We made it together a few years ago and every year it still holds a special place in their heart.  They are simple to make and would be easy to do in a classroom setting or with your younger tutoring students on...

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Maximize Time and Money with Homework Clinic

I thought I wrote about homework clinic on the blog sometime last year…turns out I only shared this idea with my Facebook fan page!  Silly me…maybe it is worth writing about? Serving Students who only need Occasional Help Last year, I had quite a few...

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Teach Me Quote

Art & Inspiration I saw this cute quote on a vinyl website and really liked it but didn’t want it stuck to my walls.  I opted to create subway art out of it so I could hang it up in my office.  Of course, I want to share with you!  If you enjoyed this, will...

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Tutor Reading Assessments

Welcome back to my next assessment discussion – Reading!  Whew – Reading can be really overwhelming to pin point exactly where a student needs help.  Assessment is vital in finding the missing pieces in the students knowledge.  There are two types of...

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Tutor Math Assessments

Thanks for coming back to my tutor assessment week!  If you missed my kick off post, you’ll want to read it here.  Today, let’s jump in and look at both free and paid options for assessing your students in math. Math Mammoth: Grades 1-6 This is a wonderful...

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Math is Real Life: Car Maintenance

When I met my husband, I was head over heels for him.  He was sweet, smart, an engineer…little did I realize how the engineer stuff leaks into your everyday life.  One day early in our marriage, he says to me, “We need to go to the store to get a little...

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Tutor Organization Series: Wrapping it Up!

There are so many great ways to organize your tutor business.  This week we had several great ideas to get you started on the path of running a successful tutoring business.  If you missed some, make sure to go check them out.  A big thank you to Victoria of The...

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Tutor Organization Series: Paperless Tutoring

Welcome back for our third part of the tutor organization series!  My friend Sandy of Adventures of a Techy Teacher kindly shared how she does paperless tutoring with me and gave me permission to share here during our series week.  She is a talented teacher and tutor....

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The Tutor Organization Series!

I’ve got a great team of people writing with me this week.  We wanted to bring you ideas for getting your tutor business organized!  Let me introduce you to the group. Amy of TutorsNirvana is the head author over at the website’s blog.  She is full of...

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5 Ideas for Engaging an ADD Student

I’ve worked with many students who have been diagnosed with ADD.  Each of them have been wildly different from the other. When I think of their internal clocks, some of them were on high energy and needed to be doing something at all times.  Then there were some...

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Teach Ratio with LEGO Bricks!

Legos Teach & Engage I adore LEGO‘s so much.  They have been an amazing tool for teaching math and getting students actively engaged in learning.  One of my most popular freebies is LEGO Ratios.  Students will find the ratio of red, blue, and yellow bricks....

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Volunteer Gift Ideas

  All of these are simple to put together!  All you need is some white cardstock and a printer that can print in color.  Check out the pictures and then download all the tags you need.  Please be sure to share this with your friends!  You can use this for more...

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Student Gift Ideas

The end of the school year is a bittersweet one for me.  I love seeing my students grow and succeed over the year, but I also am excited to see that many of them won’t need me next year!  They have gained confidence in their ability to learn and I can see a lot...

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Book Review: Laura Candler’s Mastering Math Facts

One common theme I see as a tutor is that my math students (elementary and middle) just don’t know their math facts!  With the implementation of Common Core Standards, I am finding that teachers are so focused on meeting all these new standards, they forget to...

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LEGO Summer Day Camp

I am so excited to share with you my LEGO Summer Day Camp lesson plans. We never seem to tire of LEGO’s here at our home. I created this summer day camp to do with my boys this summer. They had some input on what we did and I think the kids you know will love it...

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Tips for Teaching Standard, Expanded and Word Form

Recently, I was working on writing numbers in standard, expanded, and word form with my cutie pie student that is in second grade.  We practiced and practiced, but it still wasn’t sticking.  I got the idea in the moment to go get a balloon to help her grasp what...

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Teaching Math with a Deck of Cards 3

One of my favorite creations is my Playing Card Math Mats shown in the picture above.  Isn’t it funny how she chose to shade in the fraction?  She was a wiz at partitioning fractions after going through the deck of cards. Perfect for Tutors or the Classroom!...

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Teaching Math with a Deck of Cards 2

No matter the age, I always introduce my students to Pyramid Solitaire.  In just a few minutes of watching them, I know a lot about their number sense.  In this game, the player must add up two cards to 13.  As I watch them play, I can see if they are counting on...

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Teaching Math with a Deck of Cards 1

One thing you will always see in my office and during tutoring is a deck of cards.  After a long day at school, a deck of cards is a welcome change for my students. This week I wanted to dedicate all of my posts just to card games and all the ways I use them with my...

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Mini Lesson: Double Digit Multiplication

If you are just becoming familiar with Common Core Standards for math, you may be encountering having to model multiplication with an area model.  One of my students struggled with this concept for multiplying double digit numbers.  We worked through the area model...

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A Tutor Library with Variety

It’s important to have a wide variety of reading material when you are a tutor. I like to keep magazines, newspapers, and ebooks among my other books. This can get costly however, I wanted to show you some of the free resources and cheaper choices I’ve...

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LEGO Math Ideas Part 5

If you missed my fantastic DIY and introduction to LEGO Math Ideas, read more about it here. Geometry LEGO bricks are a tangible way to introduce volume.  Common Core Standard 5.MD wants students to find the volume of a shape using V=l X w X h. Pull out your LEGO...

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LEGO Math Ideas Part 4

If you missed my fantastic DIY and introduction to LEGO Math Ideas, read more about it here. Patterns There are so many ways you can use these bricks to make a pattern.  Start out using a 1 by 1 and then add a 1 by 2 next to it, then a 1 by 3 and so forth.  When...

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LEGO Math Ideas Part 3

If you missed my fantastic DIY and introduction to LEGO Math Ideas, read more about it here. Fractions The studs on a LEGO brick lend themselves to fractions.  Students are now expected to use partitioning to model fractions.  Common Core Standard 3.NF states that...

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LEGO Math Ideas Part 2

If you missed my fantastic DIY and introduction to LEGO Math Ideas, read more about it here. LEGO bricks are so much fun!  There are several ways to play with them and integrate them into a math lesson.  My freebie LEGO Ratio’s also shows you how simple it can...

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LEGO Math Ideas Part 1

My family adores LEGO bricks and most of my students enjoy them too.  They can be a powerful learning tool as well.  This is going to be a 5 part post about using LEGO bricks to teach math concepts. Make Your Own Portable Lego Organizer This first post will be a DIY...

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About Adrianne Meldrum

Adrianne Meldrum is a private tutor and coach for tutors looking to turn tutoring into the career of their dreams.  You'll find the tools needed to get started using her digital toolbox, Profitable Tutor Framework.  She's the author of The Novice Tutor and the creator of the app Tutor Tracker.


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