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:

- David Butler invented a challenging new game that can spark plenty of mathematical thinking: Digit Disguises.

- Which led me on a delightful rabbit trail through David’s archives, rediscovering old delights like his Seven Sticks post and The Arts students’ maths brain.

- If you liked James Tanton’s video on the area model in last week’s post, you may enjoy his in-depth discussion of The Astounding Power of Area.

- And a (broken) link on that page sent me along another rabbit trail to find Geri Lorway’s blog. I love her post on multiplication: Teaching division?… Do you know the “basics”?

- On a lighter note, I’m sure any classroom or homeschool teacher can think of several ways to use Sara VanDerWerf’s collection of Math Fails. Scroll down for links to earlier collections, too.

“I told them that actually what they did was exactly what maths is — reasoning things out using the information you have and being able to be sure of your method and your answer. Just because there’s no symbols, it doesn’t mean it’s not maths.”

—David Butler

The Seven Sticks and what mathematics is

“I am not willing to teach mindless math. It leads to mindless adults. Thinking is not an add-on once they have memorized.

Thinking is the basic toolto negotiate the world.”—Geri Lorway

Teaching division?… Do you know the “basics”?

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