About me


My name is Paul Murray.   I have been teaching Math since 1981 -- 23 years as a classroom teacher at the Franciscan Cre-Act School in Pocatello, Idaho, 4 years at an alternate middle school in Pocatello, and since 2008 as a resource teacher/coach in Waterbury, Connecticut (at Maloney Magnet School since 2012).    

As my site’s name suggests, the emphasis is on the use of hands-on activities and commonly available manipulatives and materials:  Base 10 Blocks, Fraction Towers, Cuisenaire Rods, of course.  Also rulers, meter sticks, polygons, grids, and the like.  But also yarn, boxes, pipe, pieces of wood,…you know, things.

I will share ideas, things I’ve made, and downloadable classroom-ready activities, as well as links to other informative and interesting sites.  And in the interest of transparency, one of the links will be to my store at Teachers Pay Teachers, where I have activities for sale.

I’ve had the good fortune to have taught in places that allowed me opportunities to experiment and learn.  I hope other teachers will find these ideas and activities useful.