Dr. Don's Hints and Tips Archive
How to avoid the summer slump!
Originally published July 5, 2016
Use smart review process!
How can you get first graders to practice in pairs?
Originally published January 26, 2016
How can you choose the best Ed Apps for your students?
Originally published January 19, 2016
What's the point of grading? Especially Rocket Math!
Originally published November 2, 2015
Getting an “A” grade motivates students to do more of that subject.
Teachers ask me how they should grade Rocket Math. Here’s the problem. Who is responsible for the success of students doing Rocket Math? The teacher is. The students–not so much!
Read the rest of the answer, including one idea for grading Rocket Math fairly!
Don't cause confusion: teach one operation at a time.
Originally published October 26, 2015
Teachers often ask me if they can start Rocket Math and do both addition and subtraction at the same time–to help their students catch up quicker. No, don’t do it! It will cause special kinds of confusion (called proactive and retroactive inhibition) as students try to memorize the relationships among the numbers. Click here to read more
Subscription site printing improved dramatically!
Originally published October 19, 2015
Some software changes were done this week that improve the print outs from our subscription site dramatically! Google Chrome and Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge print out much better than before and now show the original look of the fonts perfectly. Firefox is the only browser that does not get the fonts right. Go figure!
Use Mozilla Firefox to print!
Originally published September 18, 2015
Turns out that the browser you choose controls the printing from our subscription site. We have found that Mozilla Firefox currently works best. Other browsers can push pages onto two pages and cause other issues. We are working on ways to fix those issues.
Quickly know who needs help!
Originally published September 11, 2015
Above you can see the Progress Aimline for 1 semester to complete an operation. This is available in the basic subscription site, Forms and Information Drawer as an optional form. Or click here. We also have a Progress Aimline for finishing one operation during a school year. Also available free on the website here.
Starting the year off right!
Originally published August 29, 2015
You can see this teacher has started off the year with a bang! The goal arrow is up on the Wall Chart only three rows away. So students will be able to reach it and earn their reward! They have already filled in more than one row on the Wall Chart with star stickers that represent passing a level. The principal can come by, see how they are doing and encourage them to get to the goal arrow in time to win!!
Take up where they left off before summer!
Originally published August 21, 2015