NCSM/NCTM 2016

NCSM: Monday, 1:30 - 2:30, OCC 210/211. "I'm Not Really a Math Person": Coaching Anxious Elementary Teachers NCSM Oakland 2016 slides NCTM: Friday, 9:30 - 10:30, Ignite! Moscone 134. Going Beyond Groupwork: Teaching Students to be Mathematical Colleagues. Video Saturday, 8:00 - 9:00 Moscone 3003 and then 9:30 - 10:30 ...
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My Manuscript, By the Numbers

Yesterday, I turned in the manuscript for Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had: Ideas and Strategies from Vibrant Classrooms. This is a math education blog, so I'll mathematicize this process. 581 manuscript pages, 208 figures. 13 chapters. These 13 chapters. Observations of more than 40 highly recommended teachers to find ...
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My Criteria for Fact-Based Apps

Disclaimer: I do not work for any edtech companies and I have no desire to work for any edtech companies. I have no skin in this game. I make absolutely no money off any apps and plan on keeping it that way. This disclaimer means I have nothing to disclaim ...
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Counting Circles Variant: Tens and Ones

Last week I was hanging out in a kindergarten during Counting Collections. It was amazing and beautiful. Afterwards, the kindergarten teacher, Becky Wright, and I were talking about the challenge of switching from counting by tens to counting by ones. These three students will give you a sense of what ...
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Disrupting the Usual Rhythm

Update 12-9-15 Since pressing publish, I've thought of much better titles for this blog. Take your pick: The Rhythm Method or Mathematicus Interruptus --- I returned last night from a thought-provoking PCMI weekend workshop. A+ professional development, friends. Seriously, if you have a chance, go. Huge thanks to Tina Cardone for organizing ...
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The Steep Part of the Learning Curve

I'm still coming down from the high of the awesome NCTM Regional conference in Nashville. So many good things were happening, especially in the coming together of NCTM and the MTBoS (Math Twitter Blog-o-Sphere). I've been thinking about my thinking and learning, and I find myself working over a few meta-observations ...
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ATMNE15 Handouts

In case we run out, here are the handouts. #atmne15risk Thanks for coming! ...
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Which Mistake to Pursue?

Yesterday, I was the lucky duck working with a team of three teachers who each teach multi-age 3rd/4th grade. We were all in one class together in the morning, and then got to meet during their common planning time later that day. The kids have been working on perimeter, mostly of ...
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Comparisons: A Little Bit More Older

Ask any elementary school teacher, and she or he will tell you that comparison problems are much harder for most kids than operations with other actions. For example, fourth-grade-teacher Jennifer Clerkin Muhammad asked her students to draw a picture of this problem from Investigations: Darlene picked 7 apples. Juan picked ...
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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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