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Drawing heads, tails, knees, and toes – useful?
Drawing a useful picture or diagram is an important problemsolving skill. From teaching different groups of elementary school children, I have noticed that some students are very reluctant to draw anything whereas others will draw elaborate pictures with lots of … Continue reading
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Tagged 1st grade, 6 years old, addition, arithmetic, books, drawing, problem solving
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Conservation of fingers and toes
Zoe likes to play with my hands. She will examine the fingers, moving them around and pulling on them. And I, being who I am, find myself thinking, “Fingers are a great math manipulative. I should seize the moment and … Continue reading
Lots of fun with Tiny Polka Dot
For a week in our kindergarten class we have been playing with Tiny Polka Dot! I had been excited about these cards arriving for a while, and I was not disappointed. They are colorful, sturdy and creative, and my students … Continue reading
Numbers on a Line
A few weeks ago, we spent several days exploring and playing with number lines in our Kindergarten math class. Before introducing the number line, I wanted to surprise the students by telling them about numbers less than zero. I went … Continue reading
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Tagged addition, kids as manipulatives, Kindergarten, Main Line Classical Academy, number line
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Great Mathematicians, Old and Young
Almost every week, I read or tell my second grade class a story about a famous mathematician. Recently, we have been reading from the book Mathematicians Are People Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians and the students have been … Continue reading
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Tagged 2nd grade, addition, arithmetic, famous mathematicians, Main Line Classical Academy, pascal's triangle, patterns
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Kids are like marbles
In addition to teaching Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and partially 3rd4th grades at the Main Line Classical Academy, I am also continuing to teach enrichment math at the Golden Key Russian School. There, I have two groups of Kindergartners, one group … Continue reading
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Tagged 4 years old, 5 years old, addition, arithmetic, counting, Golden Key Russian School, group activity, Kindergarten, making 10, subtraction
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Gruesome Math
Zoe has a recent fascination with blood – not the real kind (luckily), but the kind that appears in stories when someone gets hurt. Here is an example of how an innocent math problem turned into a gruesome tale. I was … Continue reading
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Tagged #tmwyk, 2 years old, addition, amusing conversation, amusing story, arithmetic, subtraction
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