Teaching and learning mathematics with children

  • #DebateMath in 3rd Grade

    January 14, 2020 by

    Last month I spontaneously took part in a Twitter chat about Chris Luzniak’s book, Up for Debate! – about using techniques from debate to encourage engagement in mathematics. The book says it’s for grades 6-12, however, as a 3rd grade teacher I was curious anyway and wanted to learn more. I won the book through… Read more

  • Play in Math: “Math Recess” in 4th Grade

    September 23, 2019 by

    So, I’ve begun my adventures in subbing. I spent most of the summer panicking that I didn’t have a job yet, and when one finally came along, it wasn’t quite what I expected. I’m grateful for a job in any form, but it’s been a process sort of mentally giving up plans I’d made in… Read more

  • 3 Act Tasks

    August 23, 2019 by

    “All those ways are correct, it’s just what you feel most comfortable with.” -Student reflecting on different strategies to solve a 3 Act Task The first time I tried a 3 Act Task was in a school I’d never been in before, in front of a group of unfamiliar students at a grade level I’d… Read more

  • Mathematical Art: Kolam

    July 15, 2019 by

    A few months ago I came across this article that explores an ancient Indian art form, Kolam (written கோலம் in Tamil), and its connection to mathematics, gender and culture. This piece was particularly interesting to me as I grew up watching my aunts put kolams outside their doors in the morning when I’d visit India.… Read more

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