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Counting crocodile legs

Katie, at nine years old, rarely asks me to give her math problems.  She always has a lot on her mind and gets plenty of problems from school and other math-related activities (interesting problems do sometimes come up spontaneously in … Continue reading

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Slow and steady wins the race

This story begins with Katie trying to solve the following problem: In 36 years, my grandmother will be 100.  How old is my grandmother now? I am sure that it didn’t take you very long to solve this problem in … Continue reading

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Chips for All Seasons

Yesterday’s lesson with Katie and Varya consisted of exploring various ways of using colorful game chips for doing fun math.  The first activity involved dividing the chips between the doll Nina and the bear Stanford according to specified rules (I … Continue reading

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