August 4, 2016
Do the children in your classroom know each other’s names? At winter break, are they still pointing to “that girl?” Doing activities in the early weeks of school that use the children’s own names will do wonders for building your classroom community. At the same time, you can be doing math—as well as literacy!
For kids books, geometry doesn't have to just be reciting the shapes. Here are books that can begin rich geometrical discussions.
This article, which includes powerful words by our own Dr. Jie-Qi Chen, describes the importance of early math, how it is often shortchanged in classrooms, and explains techniques that are becoming increasingly common for bringing…
At Chase Elementary in Chicago, teachers from PreK to 5th grade meet regularly in grade level teams with the goal of sharing their practice.
The sessions included an overview of foundational math concepts as well as hands-on early math games and activities for the classroom.
Phil Daro compares and contrasts the answer-getting learning style of the United States with the collaborative learning style of Japan.
In a Gallery Walk, students walk around the classroom and describe their math thinking in depth, reflecting on the ideas of their classmates.
This article from Scientific American dissects one of many homework assignments that have outraged parents recently, often with blame falling to the Common Core State Standards.
Children, even at a very young age, have an incredible understanding of spatial relationships. Jan de Lange brings up the idea that elementary school classrooms might consider starting their math curriculum with spatial reasoning. Ideas…
This second grader demonstrates an interesting choice for a mathematical model by graphing.