Author Archives: Elaine

Here’s the Answer. What’s the Question?

Fawn Nguyen, in her blog Finding Ways, posted a problem that she found in Don Steward’s blog. Both Fawn’s and Don’s blogs are way at the top of my go-to sites when I am looking for something creative to use … Continue reading

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Jo Boaler: Fluency Without Fear

Jo Boaler is one of my go to people for insight into best practices in math education. Educated in England, she is now a professor at Stanford University and supports a site called You Cubed that has high quality resources … Continue reading

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Open Middle: Open-Ended Problems for K – 12

Nannette Johnson, Robert Kaplinsky, and Bryan Anderson have joined forces to create the site Open Middle .  Below is their blurb:  Dan Meyer introduced us to the idea of “open middle” problems during his presentation on “Video Games & Making … Continue reading

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SBAC Practice Problems Make it Clear that the Bar is Rising

I am a member of a team of math educators in Vermont that is working with the Vermont Agency of Education to help spread the word around the state about math education initiatives.  Vermont is a small, rural state and … Continue reading

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Tracy Zager shares a problem accessible to many levels of learners

Tracy Zager, in her blog Becoming the Math Teacher You’d Wish You Had shares a wonderful problem that looks simple.  However, scratching below the surface a bit, the problem opens up a lot of different approaches.  She aptly names the … Continue reading

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A real life geometry problem proposed by Howard Phillips

Howard Phillips, on his blog  “Saving School Math” proposed a real life geometry problem that proved harder to solve than it first appeared. I love to banter about mathematics education with Howard.  We agree on some things about math education … Continue reading

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At last…a balanced critique of CCSSM

Geoff, in his emergent math blog, has posted a balanced critique of the Common Core Math Standards. Worth reading!  

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Fractions: The Gatekeeper to Algebraic Thinking

In my work as a mathematics consultant for the past six years, I have become convinced that a clear conceptual understanding of fractions is the biggest deficit that I run into with both teachers and students.  Fractions are the gateway … Continue reading

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Visual Patterns Seen Through the Eye of the Beholder

Yesterday, in my post Fawn Nguyen’s New “Math Talks” Site Enhances her “Visual Patterns” Site, I discussed how Fawn and I saw Pattern # 115 in her Visual Patterns site differently.  I also sent Fawn a pattern that fit my … Continue reading

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Fawn Nguyen’s New “Math Talks” Site Enhances her “Visual Patterns” Site

For my first post after a very long hiatus…due to a mixture of professional and personal reasons…I want to highlight my favorite math educator, Fawn Nguyen, who I suspect doesn’t sleep.  She somehow finds the time to produce the work … Continue reading

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