Math Circles for Teachers

. We’ll thrilled to be offering math circles for elementary and middle school teachers in partnership with the Washington Experimental Math Lab at the UW. With their generous support, these unique professional development meetings are absolutely free. Clock hours will be available. You can sign up by filling out this survey: Elementary Math Teacher Circle Middle School Math Teacher Circle …

Tiny Polka Dot has funded!

We’re thrilled to announce that our Kickstarter campaign for Tiny Polka Dot has funded! This means we’ll be bringing this game into the world before the end of the year. There are still 66 hours in the campaign, and you can still support the project, help us reach our stretch goals to make the game even better, and get your …

Pyramid Puzzle

This Pyramid Puzzle was recently featured in a post in Forbes about our Tiny Polka Dot campaign. Take two suits–that’s 22 cards, with 0 – 10 each occurring twice. The puzzle is to make a pyramid using 10 cards of those 22 cards, so that each number in the pyramid is the sum of the two below it. Here’s a …

Math Festival, TEDx Talk, Fraction Talks

So much is coming up! First, Seattle’s Julia Robinson Math Festival is this Sunday. It’s a festival celebrating collaborative, beautiful, non-competitive mathematics. If you’re interested in signing your child up (4th grade or older), there’s still time! You can learn more about the festival here. Second, my TEDx Talk, Five Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching, if finally out. I’d love …

The Problem We All Live With

Back in 2006, I had the chance to see Jonathan Kozol when he visited Seattle touring his new book, The Shame of the Nation. The country, he said, had more educational racial segregation in 2006 than it did in 1968, when his first book, Death at an Early Age came out. While the US rejected the doctrine of “separate but …

Spring Classes, Summer Classes, and Julia Robinson Festival

Recently, in an art gallery in Ballard, I saw the amazing painting above. (Check out the artist’s website here.) I love this kind of mathematical art–the tessellation in the background a kind of blanket that subsumes the floor and clothes of the people in the picture. It’s a meeting of mathematical structure and organic complexity. We’re going to be exploring all kinds of beautiful …

Fall Registration Open

If you are in Seattle or Bellevue, we have a host of great classes and circles to offer this fall, all focusing on the beauty, power, and elegance of mathematics. Saturday Classes at the PNA in Phinney Ridge This Saturday session runs for six sessions, from October 18 – November 22. This session’s topic: Games, Logic and Arithmetic. Kindergarten & 1st grade Section …

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From 21 to 500: Game & Math Salon

Here’s a fun, very simple classroom game you can play for multiplication. You may know the game 21, aka blackjack. In classrooms, I like to play with a deck that only includes numbers from 1 to 10. Twenty-one. Each player gets two cards (face up). They can “hit” to take another card, or “stay” to stick with what they have. Whoever …

Playing with Math and more

Early summer is a great time of year in Seattle and Eastern WA, where we’re splitting our time right now. We’ve been pouring energy into a few projects: launching our new game, Prime Climb; supporting Seattle Summer School with curriculum and professional development support; piloting a Math for Love summer camp, which just wrapped up after an excellent week; and …

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Primo – the beautiful, colorful, mathematical board game

Primo A Totally Unique Mathematical Board Game from Math for Love More than a year ago we had an idea to build a game around what felt like one of the unsung ideas in math: prime numbers make multiplication easy. (Why does no one learn this in school?) We realized that with the right color-coding, it would be possible to …