Safety in numbers is my title for several reasons. First and foremost this group of thinkers, planners and experimenters has made a safe place for me to grow in my skills and security in teaching math. Second I am not so afraid of math as I was as a child and young person. I have… Continue reading Safety in Numbers
What is a Math Experiment? Since the summer when Brian showed us Estimate 180 I have been trying to think of a way to use it in the classroom. Since I chose to work on communication in math as my TTESS I finally found a way. I set up the Cereal Estimation like a science… Continue reading What is a Math Experiment
For the first time in many years I really feel like my “clock” is so good. I would be hard pressed to find what I would change we worked real hard to get it this way this year. I think the things that could change is the materials and “stuff” time but we are getting… Continue reading I love my clock tic tock
One thing I could see for sure was this new group of friends were not to sure of what I was peddling as math to them. They were giving me rote answers to my non rote questions, they were very concerned that what they said be “right.” So I took my own advice and began… Continue reading It’s a Zib
It seems that at the start of every year we need to spend a little time revving our friends up and fishing for information about what they know. Taking them through their Kinder learning and first grade learning (what I call it to them) gives me a little knowledge about them and affords them a… Continue reading Beginning at the beginning
When reading through the first unit of addition and subtraction for grade 2 I see the word algorithm used multiple times. In 2.4a about basic facts to 20 with automaticity. In 2.4b we start to see “mental strategies and algorithms” based on knowledge of place value and properties of operations. in 2.4c we solve a… Continue reading Algorithm?!
If I look at the time line of my life and math for half of my life just the thought of “math” would cause such anxiety that I would just shut down. Not that I didn’t use is it daily I was a wife, a mom, a worker and I used math every day. “Math”… Continue reading A beginning