The Math of Medical Decisions

I've spent the summer immersed in medical decisions around several loved ones, so this blog has been brewing for a while. At each appointment, I am struck by HOW MUCH MATH patients need to know in order to understand the choices framed by their doctors. There are always odds, statistics, costs, ...
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“I don’t ever want to ask a question in math again!”

This past week, my older daughter shared with me that something "horrible" had happened in math class. She didn't understand the worksheet (it was a terrible worksheet, but that's another post), so she asked about it. She said: "Everyone was staring at me, and I heard some people whispering, and ...
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“You just listened, so then I could figure it out”

This blog was also posted at Stenhouse's blog. My daughters and I climbed in the car to go shoe shopping before their first day of school. I sat in the driver’s seat while they buckled themselves into their car seats, and noticed I was keeping track of the loud clicks I ...
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I’m not impressed.

(An earlier version of this post contained a picture of a child's work, the child of a friend. I have checked with my friend, and she has asked me to remove the picture, which I am happy to do. I should have asked her permission from the start. I am sorry ...
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Elementary Teachers as Math Learners

One of the central messages of my upcoming book is that elementary teachers have an incredibly hard cycle to break. Almost all of us were taught math very badly. We memorized procedures. We learned rules. We circled keywords. We did it the teacher's way. Now, we're all grown up and ...
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The Structure of Popovers

We spent a lovely week on Mount Desert Island this summer, playing in Acadia and eating lots of popovers, which are apparently kind of a thing in that part of Maine. When we returned home, the kids asked if we could make some popovers ourselves. Happily, I dug out an old favorite, ...
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Welcome!

I'm incredibly late to the blog party, but have finally shown up. Quick thanks are in order to: The MathTwitterBlogoSphere, for being. And for helping newbies get going! Christopher Danielson, for his blog Talking Math with Your Kids, which has opened a wonderful conversation I am happy to join. Find ...
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