Number stories and fractions can both be challening concepts for students to grasp. With SoE, we can scaffold to support comprehension and make difficult tasks much easier.

May 22, 2024

Teaching fractions in number stories: a double Achilles heel

It’s that time of year. If you haven’t already heard people talking about end-of-the-year standardized tests and math test prep, those conversations will be picking up soon. The most common question I hear is “How can I get my kids ready for the test?” Today we’ll talk about some effective strategies to make sure your […]

April 3, 2024

Math test prep: how can I get my kids ready for the test?

What is subitizing? Have you ever noticed how quickly you can recognize the number of fingers someone is holding up? Or how many dots there are on a die? That’s subitizing (soo-bi-tiz-ing)! And it’s a critical foundational skill. This blog will cover everything you need to know about what it is, why it’s important, practical tips […]

March 27, 2024

What is subitizing and why is it important?

Before we ever ask students to solve number stories, there are foundational skills they should have. The critical learning phases can help us identify when they’re ready.

March 20, 2024

Navigating critical learning phases and their impact on solving word problems

Often it’s not a student’s ability or skill that holds them back. Fixed mindsets are prevalent and they can be really harmful. Learn how to instill a growth mindset.

February 21, 2024

Do your students lack a growth mindset with word problems in math?

Word problems, or number stories as I call them, can be hard. But they necessary and have tons of benefits for your students.

January 31, 2024

Why are word problems important in math?

Visual representations are important at all levels of mathematics. They help students see the math. And when we can visualize what’s happening within a problem, it helps us understand abstract concepts.

January 24, 2024

Why is visual representation in math important?

The Compare structure helps students visualize the comparison relationship that occurs in some number stories. Find out how to use it.

January 10, 2024

How to solve word problems with comparisons using the Compare SoE structure

Parts Equal Total helps us model math stories that describe composing 2 or more parts to form a total. Learn how to introduce and use them.

January 6, 2024

A deep dive into the Parts Equal Total (PET) Structure

Meet Jasmin Nabors, a 4th grade teacher in Durham, NC. She’ll share her struggles and successes with SoE, along with a few tips.

December 13, 2023

A teacher’s journey to help students solve word problems

reading comprehension tool

There are 3 Structures of Equality (SoE). They each have 3 critical elements to help students comprehend number stories.

September 6, 2023

A Reading Comprehension Tool to Solve Math Word Problems 

Bar Models and CGI

Structures of Equality are based in what works with bar models and CGI. With a few upgrades, you have a reading comprehension tool for math.

August 30, 2023

If bar models and CGI had a baby, it would be Structures of Equality