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Help before class :)

January 13, 2017


New student today:   no, he’s not enrolled for the spring.  That’ll be fall.   He’s done some college but … math was the dealbreaker.    Anxiety. Yes.   He can come in here, we can have a reading and a math ‘course.’  YES I want to make an online “course” for exactly this “I’m […]

Why leave the visuals behind?

June 6, 2016


On my twitter feed, Steve Wyborney posted an awesome little graphic which I am stealing and posting below:  He asks that if somebody uses it in K-2, to “take a pic of your board and send my way!” Then there’s the awesome Donna Boucher who has all kinds of resources on her site for making […]

Is memorisation a good strategy?

March 31, 2016

0;jsessionid=31h5ad0xxb10g.x-oecd-live-03    “PISA finds that 15-year-olds commonly use memorisation to learn mathematics. But if you think memorisation is most widely used in the East Asian countries that share a Confucian heritage and are “known” for rote learning, think again. Fewer 15-year-olds in Hong Kong-China, Japan, Korea, Macao-China, Shanghai-China, Chinese Taipei and Viet Nam reported that […]

Is there an echo in here?

August 17, 2014


Just another example of “No, people are supposed to be terrified of numbers!” on NPR this morning. 4:30 Will Shortz introduces this weeks “number puzzle,” a “not very hard” one, in his words. The puzzle has a six-ring target with assorted numbers that you’d score for hitting it, which I don’t recall. (I think […]


April 21, 2014


So, after doing the conceptual framework building of recursions… today we went over the text example that is essentially a template for our lab.  (edit in hindsight:  this was posted days after I typed it.  We had class on Thursday, not Easter Sunday ;)) Had he mentioned this, I would have spent considerably less time […]

Thinking about word problems

July 21, 2013


An idea to bridge to those horrible things called “word problems:” there are math situations where students can get the answer easily, but they haven’t thought about the math they did to get there. Odds are, they didn’t think they were doing math (so, it occurs to me, the “we never use math” means “we […]


July 17, 2013


I really am enjoying the “how to learn math” course.   Face it, most “free online seminars” have a commercial backing and are trying to sell a product.    I’ll grant that this is “selling” an approach to teaching math, but it’s doing it in a scholarly way.   The ratio of “let me tell […]