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Kids Origami and Math - Butterflies Jul 23, 2024

Origami is a great tool for helping children develop focus and concentration.  Each design takes a bit of time and children need to focus on each step to get the outcome they desire....

Kids Origami and Math - Ice Cream Cone Jul 19, 2024

Origami is a great tool for helping children develop focus and concentration.  Each design takes a bit of time and children need to focus on each step to get the outcome they desire.  In...

Kids Origami and Math - Whale Jun 03, 2024

Origami is a great tool for helping children develop focus and concentration.  Each design takes a bit of time and children need to focus on each step to get the outcome they desire.  In...

What does it really mean to square a number? May 07, 2024

One day when I was teaching second grade, the math coach suggested that we should do a lesson with the students on square numbers.

“Are you kidding?  These students are only...

Books About Explaining Your Ideas and Listening to Others Mar 22, 2024

I met with a group of librarians this week and we talked about Math Practice #3 – “Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.”  We had such a...

Books About Persevering and Trying Multiple Methods Jan 04, 2024

This started out as a post about picture books that include Math Practice #1 (Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.) but it turned out that it is also a post about books that...

Perseverance-Step by Step Sep 05, 2023

When my daughter was 8 years old. We hiked 23 miles in one day.  Two years later we did it again.

One of her teachers had created this hike as a fundraiser.  Each year she invited...

Attend to Precision Examples Apr 19, 2023

Math Practice #6 “Attend to Precision” feels familiar to most of us because it feels like the math goal of a generation ago of finding the correct answer and showing our work....

Measurement in the Rain Apr 04, 2023

California has been inundated with rain this winter.  The rain has got me thinking about rain gauges and measurement.  I have a very informal system in my backyard.  It’s just...

Creating Connections With Math Feb 08, 2023

I keep reading that one of the secrets to a long life is deep connections with other people.  Sure, eating well helps and lots of exercise too, but connection wasn’t one of the secrets...