Shadow Con

Back in April, I had the honor of speaking at Shadow Con, a teacher-led mini conference held after hours at NCTM in Boston. The three organizers, Zak Champagne, Dan Meyer, and Mike Flynn, spent quite a bit of time re-imagining conferences, thinking about how they could have bigger, more lasting ...
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Number Lines, Addendum

Given the ridiculous length of my last blog post, I can't believe I forgot something, but I did! (To begin at the beginning of my wonderings about number lines, start here.) When the K-2 teachers were discussing contexts for equally spaced intervals, Becky Wright, a truly amazing kindergarten teacher, thought ...
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Number Lines, part 2

Between NCSM/NCTM, spring break in New York, and then a big surgery, I've been off this space for a while. The teachers with whom I collaborate--the amazing staff at Rollinsford Grade School in New Hampshire--have been going full steam ahead, though, and they've taught me so much more about young kids ...
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NCTM Boston

Hi folks, If you're here in Boston, check me out at: Developing Risk Takers: Teaching Students to Give it a Go, #nctmgiveitago 12:30 - 1:30, Room 253B Here are the handouts Here are the slides And... At Shadow Conference, along with Dan Meyer, Zak Champagne, Mike Flynn, Elham Kazemi, Kristin ...
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Further thoughts on the New York Times piece

It's always fun to talk with Jessica Lahey, and I was honored she included me in the company of Steven Strogatz and Christopher Danielson for her last piece, "The Problem with Math Problems: We're Solving Them Wrong." I have been reading some of the comments and twitter chatter, and I'm so glad people ...
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Building Number Lines in Kindergarten

I'm so stinking lucky. I'm working with an amazing staff at a lovely school over weeks, months, and years, and I learn so much every day we have together. Yesterday, I spent my afternoon with the K-2 teachers, and we continued our ongoing discussion about number lines. The kindergarten teacher ...
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A Brief Ode to Blank Paper

Maya (7) brought home a folder full of completed math worksheets yesterday, which put me in a funk. First, there was the bugs problem. I couldn't decide which part of this problem bothered me most. Was it the ridiculous premise? I mean, come on. Was it that the problem was, ...
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The Up Sides of a Near Miss

This morning, as I was nearing the top of a curvy highway entrance ramp, I broke into a skid. I don't mean a little fishtail. I mean a full-on skid where I desperately wanted to be on the entrance ramp but was actually sliding across the highway into traffic, at speed ...
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A Problem with the Space Inside it to Learn

Justin Lanier shared this bit of loveliness on Twitter the other day: I love everything about it. I printed out a couple of copies this morning and made them available at breakfast. My kids are 5 and 7. Maya, the 7-year old, has read A Fly on the Ceiling a time ...
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The Art of Deciding, or Would You Drive Under the Overpass?

Maya (7) asked me about this sign in the coffee shop drive-thru the other day: And so, we had a lovely conversation about clearance. Once she understood the notation, she asked, "Does that mean if your truck is 9'5", you could drive underneath?" That's just gold. I said, "Well, ...
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