Category Archives: Against the Norm

I’m Placing a Hit on the Pseudo-Context

This robs students of everything mathematics should be… The “real world” connection The step-by-step procedure Circle the numbers you need to solve the problem The pseudo-context word problem. Lesson 19.2 infers that this unit is front-end load with procedures and formulas … Continue reading

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The Progression of Division

Last month I posted The Progression of Multiplication hoping that a couple of friends and parents would find it helpful.  Well, here’s my stab at the progression of division.  I understand that there’s lots of ways to model division and this is only … Continue reading

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GCTM Ignite Talks

Back in April I submitted a proposal to Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Special thanks to Suzanne Alejandre from the Math Forum the proposal write up.  I have always been inspired after leaving or listening to the Ignite Talks hosted by our … Continue reading

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Pulling the Plug on a Lesson

I taught a lesson on Tuesday and it sucked…Real bad! It sucked more than Maggie Simpson sucks her pacifier!  I really felt for the 21 students, 4 teachers and the administrator who were observing. My face is still a little … Continue reading

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What’s Left to Teach Now? Modeling…That’s What!

My dear friend Krystal Shaw texted me this Vimeo Clip at 5:23am so I knew it had to be good… My gut reaction…this is awesome! The focus on number crunching has superseded our students’ ability to problem solve for far too long.  There’s … Continue reading

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Bottoms Up to Conceptually Understanding Numbers

The concept of 10 more/less is a beast in the primary grades.  Last week I realized that I’ve been feeding the monster that I’m continually trying to defeat. Almost every day, in every K-2 classroom across the United States students … Continue reading

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Changing the Unknown

Think about the majority of K-2 students and the thought process they go through when encountering a word problem. Normally they read the problem focusing solely on the two quantities and engage in a game of craps.  They throw the dice … Continue reading

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Chicken or Egg? Area or Perimeter?

I took some time last night to look through 3rd grade units from all over the map.  I was amazed to see that about 95% of them suggested teaching perimeter first. Why is that? The two most common definitions 3rd … Continue reading

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