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Category Archives: Against the Norm
I’m Placing a Hit on the PseudoContext
This robs students of everything mathematics should be… The “real world” connection The stepbystep procedure Circle the numbers you need to solve the problem The pseudocontext word problem. Lesson 19.2 infers that this unit is frontend load with procedures and formulas … Continue reading
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
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
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 The focus on number crunching has superseded our students’ ability to problem solve for far too long.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
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 K2 classroom across the United States students … Continue reading
Changing the Unknown
Think about the majority of K2 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
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