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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Maya and Daphne Find Math in Their World

This is a video the girls and I made when they were 4 and 6, in response to 1st and 2nd graders who thought math was only found in worksheets and classrooms. I discuss this clip in my book, and needed a permanent home for the video, so here it is! ...
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The Same Amount of Tall

My 5-year old daughter, Daphne, was looking out the car window when she laid this question on me: "I've been wondering something. If there's a whole of a tree, and half of a tree next to it, what do you call it? A whole half?" At the next light, I ...
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Making Sense

Last week, between work with grade-level bands, I had a complete K-6 staff for about an hour. I wanted to tackle "story problems," so I started by showing them "How Old Is the Shepherd," by Robert Kaplinsky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kibaFBgaPx4 Seriously, take the 3:07 to watch it. You'll see that 75% of 8th graders ...
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