Teaching and learning mathematics with children

  • Play in Math: “Math Recess” in 4th Grade

    September 23, 2019 by

    So, I’ve begun my adventures in subbing. I spent most of the summer panicking that I didn’t have a job yet, and when one finally came along, it wasn’t quite what I expected. I’m grateful for a job in any form, but it’s been a process sort of mentally giving up plans I’d made in… Read more

  • 3 Act Tasks

    August 23, 2019 by

    “All those ways are correct, it’s just what you feel most comfortable with.” -Student reflecting on different strategies to solve a 3 Act Task The first time I tried a 3 Act Task was in a school I’d never been in before, in front of a group of unfamiliar students at a grade level I’d… Read more

  • Mathematical Art: Kolam

    July 15, 2019 by

    A few months ago I came across this article that explores an ancient Indian art form, Kolam (written கோலம் in Tamil), and its connection to mathematics, gender and culture. This piece was particularly interesting to me as I grew up watching my aunts put kolams outside their doors in the morning when I’d visit India.… Read more

  • “Learning New Ways to Play Games”

    July 9, 2019 by

    Mancala, Nim and the Social Aspects of Mathematics What is math? I asked this question to eight surprised second graders on a Tuesday in late April. “Um…numbers? Plus or minus…like one plus one equals two?” I was trying to individually interview a few of my students to better understand what they thought about math and… Read more

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