Mathematical learning opportunities can be created out of many everyday activities. Angela Giglio Andrews shares an anecdote in which an order of french fries shared between a mother and her child led to questions involving measurement and other rich mathematical concepts.
I heard ‘narrow,’ ‘tall,’ ‘how many bites?’ ‘how many left?’ ‘can you put these in order?’ …I heard this kind of talk the whole time.
During her 25-year career in preschool and kindergarten education, Angela Giglio Andrews has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching and was chosen as a member of the writing team for the PreK-2 section of NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.
The Early Math Collaborative, supported by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, held international symposia in 2009 and 2010. The two events brought experts from around the world to share approaches to early mathematics education with teachers, administrators, policy-makers, and other education professionals. The goal was to generate globally-informed ideas and recommendations for improving math instruction in the early childhood classroom. In breakout discussions and plenary sessions, participants brainstormed ideas, identified issues, and recommended actions.