Mathematical Thinking at Play (5 year olds are amazing thinkers)

A few years ago I filmed a couple of the Fletcher gang playing  a game I love called “Set”.  Set shows us that challenging means fun.  The game that requires some pretty sophisticated thinking.   Initially, I didn’t know if  my 5 year-old could handle a full game of set, but I thought I would tryContinue reading “Mathematical Thinking at Play (5 year olds are amazing thinkers)”

The Psychologist’s Role in Teaching Mathematics

Historically, psychologists have studied math but have been noticeably absent when it comes to doing direct mathematics work with children.   Notable exceptions include Diennes, Bruner, and Vygotsky, but to this day Psychologists tend to assess and make recommendations for treatment.  This surprises me, given the cognitive processing involved and the anxiety that so oftenContinue reading “The Psychologist’s Role in Teaching Mathematics”

Working memory matters!

For over 20 years I’ve been thinking about working memory in primarily two ways.  We accept  working memory as functioning as a visual-spatial sketch pad and as a  phonological loop.  Put simply, visualizing and rehearsing information by repeating it were the ways in which most of us recognized working memory.  By working memory, we meanContinue reading “Working memory matters!”

Coping With Math Anxiety Can Be About Perspective

Many children experience discomfort around math, we generally call this Math Anxiety, a fear that math is going to be uncomfortable and full of failure. Here’s an interesting post via Elizabeth Stevens on Math Anxiety, I wished to share with you all.  Math performance is so important today.  Math is actually fun.  But, we haveContinue reading “Coping With Math Anxiety Can Be About Perspective”

5 Year Old Discovering Equivalent Fractions

This is the Doo Dah playing math.  Fractions. This is where kids often learn to hate math.  Guess what?  We can change it.  I’ll describe what is happening in this short video.  The Doo Dah is a) seeing what a fraction is b) playing w/ the proper toys/tools to help her discover its meaning c)Continue reading “5 Year Old Discovering Equivalent Fractions”

5 Year Old Doo Dah Likes #Algebra

The Doo Dah and I “play math” before she goes to Kindergarten.  We keep it fun, but do some pretty abstract things.  You can really see her thinking as she factors a polynomial.

Algebra w/ Doo Dah (she’s five) #math

People have asked to hear what the Doo Dah is saying, so I ducked the music down.  I know that this may disappoint all of those Herb Alpert fans out there.  Anyway, the purpose of the video is to show that even Algebra (especially Algebra) seems no different from most other games and puzzles.  JustContinue reading “Algebra w/ Doo Dah (she’s five) #math”

Do Not Fight Your Nature

“Accept everything about yourself — I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end — no apologies, no regrets.” –Clark Moustakas First of all, I owe my teachers nearly everything good about what I know.   Mr. Smith, for example, is a teacher who touched my life in 3rd grade andContinue reading “Do Not Fight Your Nature”

Learning What You Have No Interest In

How about you and I start studying geology today?  Let’s spend from 1 to 3 hours a few days per week on it.  Sounds fun, eh?  If you happen to love geology, replace it with something you have absolutely no interest in learning. Now, let’s turn it around.  Let’s say you finally get to take thatContinue reading “Learning What You Have No Interest In”

Miles Cobbett Author Of The Book “Champion” Interviewed

Discovering a great book is a beautiful thing.  But finding really good books takes some work.  If you read the reviews on BN.com, you will see that I’m not the only one crazy about the book “Champion”. If we want to turn kids on to reading, then we need to make good literature available toContinue reading “Miles Cobbett Author Of The Book “Champion” Interviewed”