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Review: Math Games with Bad Drawings
A few years back a book publisher approached us to ask us to write a book of games. We went back and forth over various ideas, and finally started toying with the idea of using illustrations throughout a book that explained math games and [...]
The Teflon Problem
Let’s say you’re in the business of selling cookware to people, and you actually care about them a lot. You want to get them the best pots and pans possible. One option is [...]
The next generation of math blocks is coming!
You may have noticed that there are two new items on the “Award Winning Games” dropdown menu. You might want to check those out 🙂
There’s a new lesson plan just added to our Free Lesson Library: Forty Faces. This has become a favorite of mine for many reasons, and like 1-2 Nim and Pig, it’s [...]
Integrity over Fidelity
In the recent, excellent article for EdReports, 3 Common Misconceptions About High Quality Instructional Materials, author Janna Chan makes a distinction between fidelity and [...]
In Defense of Recess
From a 2015 article on Orlando schools mandating 20 minutes of recess per day for students The pandemic has been hard on everyone connected to schools. Students have been suffering from depression & anxiety, and acting out. Teachers [...]
I just received this lovely reflection from the Early Family Math newsletter. I’m now on the board at Early Family Math, and I recommend you check it out! The issue of [...]
“Prime Climb Success Story”
I recently received this lovely email entitled Prime Climb Success Story. The thinking here is super interesting, in my opinion, and wonderfully idiosyncratic. Can you figure out [...]
4 Reasons Play and Math Go Together
There’s a huge, untapped possibility to improve math teaching and learning that is more playful and more rigorous than how most of us learned the subject back in the day.
Here’s how I know, and how to make it happen.
Math for Love Day Camps!
Classes Conjectures and Counterexamples: Tues – Fri, February 22-25 at the Phinney Neighborhood Association in Seattle This is a 4 day camp serving 1st/2nd graders in the [...]
Am I a mathematician?
There’s discussion these days on who gets called a mathematician. Part of the goal is to offer a corrective to an existing bias: the cultural image of mathematicians is woefully narrow. There are a lot of approaches to broadening [...]
Basketball math! Swimming math!
Following up on my last blog post about counting on the swings, I wanted to share some more videos of me and Katherine counting with our son, Asa. What’s the goal in this? To let counting and numbers be fun, empowering, and a way [...]