Dr. Les Steffe joins us in studio for our longest podcast yet. From his earliest days as a High School Mathematics teacher, Dr. Steffe has focused on what it means to know math. With a research career that spans six decades of consistent investigation into the mathematics of children, Dr. Steffe encourages us all to, “Listen to the student.” and through this join them in the learning process.
My mathematics mentor, Dr. Dave Youngs, used to ask that very question. I think the question implied, was I a recreational mathematician? Was I on a journey of playing with mathematics for life? Yes, I am a lifelong mathematics learner. When I am facilitating workshops, I ask classroom teachers if they do recreational mathematics or… Continue Reading
“What’s wrong with the way I learned math?” Seriously, we all made it through school, a few of us even did well, and some even liked math. So, what’s wrong with the way math has been taught for years? The Common Core Standards have focused national attention again on math education. But the truth is… Continue Reading
A week or so ago I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Les Steffe, whose research we have been learning from. As he was speaking, he made a statement that I think we notice, but often as an educational system, we tend to ignore. He said, “You can’t teach math.” Now, what did he mean… Continue Reading
It has been a lot of fun to get back into the classroom during the last few weeks! The Early Mathematics research associates have been interviewing students (3- and 4-year-olds) to see how they say the number word sequence, how they count objects, and how they subitize. These were our initial interviews from which we… Continue Reading
At the beginning of October, I was fortunate to hear Sir Ken Robinson as one of the keynote speakers at the 2016 California STEM Symposium in Anaheim. This two-day conference consisted of over 3,000 teachers, coaches, and administrators sharing a collection of integrative ideas in the interdisciplinary area of STEM education. The underlying emphasis of… Continue Reading
A man on a mission to reveal to the world that mathematics is a human endeavor, one filled with joy, discovery, and lots of passion. We explore a topic within the High School experience in algebra, quadratics, and ask, “Why do we want to teach this?” James sees this topic as a “story, a piece of poetry…” We then pursue a question of, “How does a mathematician stay interested in elementary mathematics?” A brief re-statement of Dr. Tanton’s “Fractions are a really deep and incredibly interesting.” “Do not run away from the feeling of ‘hazy thinking’.
Last week I made a trip to New England to visit my family. While I was there I took time to travel to Hillsboro, New Hampshire, to visit one of our AIMS facilitators, Stephanie Savoy. Stephanie teaches 5th grade at Hillsboro Elementary School and joined the AIMS Professional Learning cadre in April of 2016. She… Continue Reading
Recently I purchased a new vehicle. I was excited to drive it, but I was overwhelmed with all of the buttons and knobs. When I started driving my new vehicle, I stuck to the basic functions that got me from point A to point B. As I became more experienced around my vehicle, I began… Continue Reading
When Dr. Richard Thiessen recruited me to launch this Center, he shared a reorganization vision with me. He had drawn a diagram with all of the components of his vision. This diagram included a box for “Research Centers at Other Universities” with a double arrow connecting it to the AIMS Center. On the arrow were… Continue Reading