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Math should be felt with your hands: Interview with Jane Kats

If you ask me whose philosophies on elementary school teaching have influenced me the most, I will answer without pause: Jane Kats.  Jane is a math educator, the author of numerous books and workbooks for educators, parents and children, and a general … Continue reading

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What is a number? – First week of Kindergarten Math

My first week of teaching has been a lot of fun!  This post is about some of the things we did with the Kindergartners. On the first day, after introductions and getting to know each other, I asked them what … Continue reading

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How is this math anyway?

At what point do kids start forming opinions about what math is and what it is not?  Recently, I have noticed a trend that somewhat upsets me.  Whereas my 1st and 2nd graders may say things like “This is not … Continue reading

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Math is …

On our last class of the academic year, we asked nineteen 5-10 year olds (majority 6-7 yo) to continue the sentence “Math is…” in as many ways as they could come up with.  The results are in!  But first, a … Continue reading

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