One of the best ways we can help our children learn mathematics (or anything else) is to always be learning ourselves.
Here are a few stories to read with your Monday morning coffee:
- Don’t miss Playful Math Carnival 132, featuring delightful math books and games for all ages.
- Speaking of math games, I love Jenna Laib’s Simple-but-High-Leverage Game Collection.
“Games aren’t just about practice and fluency. My favorite games create opportunities for learning, too. They spark discourse, promote the use of strategies, and allow students to dig into the mathematics.”
The Simple-but-High-Leverage Game Collection: Making Games Routine
- Mark Chubb poses a pattern block polygon investigation in An Example of Teaching Through Problem Solving.
- Matt Coaty offers a nice variety of math journal prompts in Math Reflections and Sentence Stems.
- Manan Shah muses on Learning Math as an Adult (over the age of 30).
- Have you read Pam Harris’s Development of Mathematical Reasoning series? Check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Well worth your time!
“The teacher’s role is to help students change the way they think, in increasingly sophisticated ways. The goal is not answers. The goal is development. We don’t need students who can just answer a multiplication question, we need students who can reason multiplicatively.”
The Development of Mathematical Reasoning
CREDITS: Feature photo (top) by Kira auf der Heide via Unsplash. “Morning Coffee” post format inspired by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader.