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”

Fly with the eagles: An inspirational story #bullying

What causes a child to bully other children?  It seems natural to wonder about it.  Some speculate it is low self-esteem.  Other research tells us that many bullies have plenty of self-esteem.  I’ve heard people say that bullies bully because “they can”.  I don’t think that tells us a lot.  I’m thinking of one childContinue reading “Fly with the eagles: An inspirational story #bullying”

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”

What music does for the brain: An early Frank Allison recording

Local music fans understand, music enhances brain development.  We are learning more about it all the time as science has taken a keen interest.  Here’s Ghost of some fine girls, with the original line up including Frank, Michael Feeney on bass, Randy Sabo on Drums, and Martin Fletcher on guitar.  I loved this track. WeContinue reading “What music does for the brain: An early Frank Allison recording”

Griffin Makes a Documentary

Griffin skipped school a few months ago.   We don’t do it often and we had a good reason.  Twelve year old Griffin made this movie almost entirely himself.  He filmed all of it, chose the clips to include, and basically did 98% of the work.  I’ll leave it to you to conjecture what andContinue reading “Griffin Makes a Documentary”

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”