## I enjoy teaching, and you can too!

After 35 years teaching upper elementary students, I still love it. What’s the recipe for a long, fulfilling career? To survive, happy teachers organize, plan, and simplify. To thrive, they learn, engage, and dive in. Read on for ideas, tutorials, and inspiration to enjoy teaching.

Brenda Kovich, NBCT

## How to Write a Number in Expanded Form

Wondering how to write a number in expanded form? Just decompose it by place value. For example, 390,406 = 300,000 + 90,000 + 400 + 6. Let’s take a look…

## Writing Rules for Numbers in Standard Form and Words

What are the writing rules for numbers in standard form and words? Basically, kids (and adults) must understand periods, or series of three numbers set off by commas. (more…)

## Reading Big Numbers – How to Teach It

Reading big numbers in your classroom? Make it easy! Just tackle periods first. (more…)

## Place Value Chart Printable and How to Use It

Looking for a place value chart that’s printable? Two versions let your kids work with numbers to the hundred thousands or hundred millions. And while you’re here, pick up some…

## The Value of a Digit in a Number

Do your kids really understand the value of a digit in a number? Use these strategies to help fourth grade students conceptualize zero as a placeholder, as well as how…

## How to Teach 4th Grade Math

Wondering how to teach 4th grade math? Begin with much-needed background concepts, work from concrete to abstract, and scaffold from simple to complex applications. Then they’ll get it. This post…