Friday, May 16, 2014

Just for Fun!

Click on the caption of picture below to discover an Edudemic post titled "10 Lesser Known Facts About Math" by Katie Lepi.

As seen on Edudemic  May 15, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

Concrete - Pictorial - Abstract

Each new mathematical concept is introduced using concrete materials and pictorial representations before moving to recording the mathematics in an abstract way.

This process allows students to spend time "seeing" the math which will help them later visualize as they apply the mathematical concepts to new situations.  We want students to understand what is happening mathematically and why before they dive into applying an algorithm or formula to a problem.  One of the most important questions that teachers are asking students in our math classrooms is "how do you know?"

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What is Kakooma?

Kakooma is a puzzle within a puzzle.  There are puzzles for addition, negative numbers, multiplication and even fractions.  Follow this link to learn more and play! 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Math in Focus Parent Night

Hope to see you at the SAU 15 Math in Focus Parent Night at the Candia Moore School!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Pi Day!

Every year we celebrate "Pi Day" on March 14.  Why March 14?  Because it equals 3.14!  

I hope you enjoy this video, "Learn about Pi with Max and Morty" by Apperson Prep to celebrate Pi Day!

Monday, January 20, 2014

What is Singapore Math?

Dr. Yeap Ban Har explains the origins of Singapore Maths at a London seminar for teachers in June of 2011.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Number Sense

Number sense is a student's overall understanding of numbers and their relationships.  It gives students the context they need to build an understanding of mathematics.  We are working hard at helping our students build a strong number sense foundation on which they can build their computational strategies.  
Students begin building number sense by learning that every number can be broken apart into other numbers -  this is known as part-whole thinking.  Understanding part-whole relationships gives students the confidence they need to work with numbers and build computational proficiency.  

One activity that you can do at home to help your child practice part-whole thinking is a game called Tic-Tac-Ten.  This is a partner game that requires a blank tic-­tac-­toe board and a die. Each person rolls the die to see what number comes up and then places that number strategically on the board. The goal is to get 10 in a vertical or diagonal row while blocking your opponent from getting 10.