Thoughts from a reflective educator.
I covered a couple of my colleague's classes yesterday so he could attend a math conference. The afternoon class was a somewhat boisterous grade 10 group. I was asked to teach students how to find the greatest common factor, and if I had time, introduce them to more general factoring techniques.
I played ultimate tonight, and we usually keep score with shoes. Our normal scoring system is to count in base 5. Tonight, I tried to use binary, but at half-time I switched back to base 5 when most of our team struggled to read our score quickly.
I took some pictures of the arrangement of shoes during the game (when I wasn't playing).
I'm assisting our 4th grade teachers in finding resources for their upcoming unit on division, and I'm hoping to avoid either of these situations from arising (see the videos below). Actually, these videos could be great hooks to see if students can figure out what mistakes the people in them are making...
I read a recent article about the importance of early number talk with children and was pleased that this issue was being brought up. The article shares research on a few of the stark differences in how parents talk with their children about numbers. For example, parents tend to talk to their daughters about half as much about numbers as their sons.
You may remember Paul Lockhart as the author of a Mathematician's Lament. I'm currently reading his newest book, Measurement. I'm halfway through it and reading it every chance I get. Here's my favourite quote from the book so far:
"All of the events -- past, present, and future -- of our whole ridiculous universe are writ on this one four-dimensional canvas, and we are but the tiniest brush strokes." Paul Lockhart
I have seen a number of people post reviews of their year in 2012, and it led me to review my own year, and here are some of the insights I had.
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