Category Archives: mathematics

Why am I all about chalk and t-shirts this summer?

I need to let this out of the bag. This summer, I have had two things on my mind more than they probably should be: using sidewalk chalk buying t-shirts Why? Hang on. First here’s some of what I’ve done … Continue reading

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It’s complicated

I’m not a big TV person, but I can get down with some Wheel of Fortune. It’s pretty fun to watch and Vanna and Pat are seemingly ageless…which blows my mind. But as much as I like the show, this … Continue reading

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Example analysis from DeltaMath

With so much problem-based learning happening this year, I’ve been mixing in plenty of algebra by example-esque problems. They work really well because they get kids to analyze math work on their own and then use it to solve a similar … Continue reading

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Factoring trinomials by first rewriting them

So back in December, I gave this problem to my students: To my surprise, it got a lot of traction with the kiddos. We spent the entire period talking about it. The idea was for them to see how rewriting a … Continue reading

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My first (and second) memory of learning math

Some time ago Wendy Menard got me thinking about my first memory of learning mathematics. What was it? Its two things, actually. Both happened in fifth-grade. My teacher was a redheaded man with a great beard, Mr. O’Discoll (a.k.a Mr. O). … Continue reading

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