One of the best ways we can help our children learn math (or anything else) is to always be learning ourselves.

Here are a few stories to read with your Thursday morning coffee:

- Paul Goldenberg and Al Cuoco explain why sometimes the most important thing for teachers to know is what NOT to teach (or when to just plain shut up).

- Beth Curran shares one quick way to adapt a traditional-textbook lesson so you can engage your students in meaningful discourse and deepen their understanding of math.

- John Rowe’s What I’ve Learnt From 5 Years In The Job offers five great tips for new teachers — or for homeschoolers wondering how to teach math to their kids.

- Kris Boulton examines Why Maths Teachers Don’t Like Knowledge Organisers.

- James Tanton asks a great question: Can one just use the Area Model willy nilly? I love how the area model helps make sense of multiplying negative numbers!

“Most people think that maths is replete with factual knowledge. But actually, it’s subjects like English, the Humanities, and some sciences that are hefty in factual content. Maths is super-dense with

concepts, andprocesses, but really only very few facts.”—Kris Boulton

Why Maths Teachers Don’t Like Knowledge Organisers

CREDITS: Feature photo (top) by Kira auf der Heide via Unsplash. “Morning Coffee” post format inspired by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader.