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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...