Discovering Humanity through Math with Francis Su

During the winter break, I like to catch up with all the good stuff that I didn’t have the time for during my teaching life.  I finally had the chance to sit down and listen to a podcast that included Francis Su, a professor of math and writer (His book  Mathematics for Human Flourishing is on my bookshelf waiting for me …

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What Makes Math a Priority in a District?

I am going to be completely honest.  I have been struggling with their vision and the direction my district has been heading.  I have worked here since 2001 and never given much thought to where we’ve been headed.  But ever since I jumped into the elementary world and been more invested in the math community (#MTBOS) and found like minded …

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Northwest Math Conference – Tacoma

I was fortunate to travel to Tacoma, Washington to attend and present at the Northwest Math Conference. I loved the theme this year which was “You Are Invited.”  It seemed to be a very inclusive type of theme which was welcomed.   It was at NWMC that I got to see two incredible, dynamic math educators present about how math …

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Guess my number

With a simple string and cards, students play Guess My Number and build their vocabulary and number sense.

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Adversity Teaches Life Lessons

This summer I attended CAMT as a featured speaker in San Antonio Texas.  The CAMT board had asked me to do a passion piece in addition to my clothesline math sessions. Besides math, what else am I passionate about? An idea had dawned on me.  How could I tell my story of breast cancer and all the lessons I learned? …

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Dear Math

“Dear Math” is an insightful work about perceptions and student’s negative feelings toward math. Most importantly, how can teachers create positive learning environments in their math classes?

“Learning Loss”

This new found term “learning loss” has been floating around on media and out of politicians’ mouths for months now. I’m concerned about this term.

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One year….

f there was any year that will be the most memorable year in any educators’ careers, I’m guessing that this will be the year. 2020 going into 2021 was/has been a challenge for any teacher.