Bottoms Up to Conceptually Understanding Numbers

Originally posted on Questioning My Metacognition:
The concept of 10 more/less is a beast in the primary grades.  Last week I realized that I’ve been feeding the monster that I’m continually trying to defeat. Almost every day, in every K-2 classroom across the United States students encounter this guy: I made a conscious effort to…

Technology Enhanced in Math Lesson

What an exciting time to be a teacher, a student, and a learner! I have a tentative understanding, at best, of human nature, but I do believe that most people find change uncomfortable and difficult to deal with both emotionally and intellectually. I am not immune to these feelings, but I like change. I likeContinue reading “Technology Enhanced in Math Lesson”

Cheers to Better Deals – The Inequality Story

Although I have attempted to teach this topic in many ways at a variety of levels, I always find it interesting to see how learners attempt to grapple with the concept and understanding. Learners who struggle with understanding linear graphs typically have an even more difficult, and when you add-on this is the first timeContinue reading “Cheers to Better Deals – The Inequality Story”

Not ODEs – The Variation of Parameters Method

When one attempts to define versatile, something like “able to be adapted to many functions or activities” may come to mind. As a classroom teacher (and now working K12) this idea comes even more naturally as I know have the opportunity to see how successful and adaptable an idea or lesson may be with learnersContinue reading “Not ODEs – The Variation of Parameters Method”

A Hard Act to Follow

After attending one of the most powerful mathematics professional developments with Matt Vaudrey and John Stevens as the chefs in La Cucina Matematica they shared a wonderful site that fits right up my teaching alley, Estimation 180. The site offers a day-to-day estimation scheme, which helps students increase their mathematical thinking and sharpens their estimatingContinue reading “A Hard Act to Follow”

Literacy in Mathematics

The role of literacy is a life skill we often assume is relegated to English class or we confuse our learners reading a text with comprehension, and we need to play a much larger part in creating opportunities for learners to practice and develop their literary skills. Mathematical texts tend to be very dense, meaning theContinue reading “Literacy in Mathematics”