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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...

5 of the Best Math Picture Books for Early Elementary Children Dec 08, 2022

Young children love to snuggle up with an adult and listen to a story. These books are some of the best math picture books to read with children and they teach math at the same time. If you are...

5 Great Math Picture Books for Upper Elementary Children Nov 30, 2022

Older elementary children still love listening to stories.  Reading together helps reduce stress and creates a great feeling of connection between the reader and the...

Construct Viable Arguments in Math Nov 02, 2022

One morning a tour group passed through my second grade classroom.  The students were chattering in small groups about different math tasks they were doing.  Manipulatives were...

Frustration in Math Oct 27, 2022

“Frustration is not a sign you are not learning, but ease is.”  ---  David Epstein

This quote always stings a bit.  My mommy heart doesn’t want...

What is computational fluency? Sep 27, 2022

What does it mean to be computationally fluent?  Has this definition changed?  A generation ago, being good at math meant being fast and accurate.  I’m not sure...

Many believe that some people are born with a “math brain” and some are not.  However, recent work by Jo Boaler and Carol Dweck has shown us that there is no such thing as a...