Author Archives: Jason Chamberlain

Building the Mathematical Mind

Watching a young child’s mathematical knowledge grow is analogous to watching a house being built. When I was in my teens, my dad, along with my brother and I,  BlogAugPt2 BlogAugPt1built our new home. I remember the exciting days of noticeable growth, such as when we poured the concrete slab, framed the walls, or put… Continue Reading

What is Five?: Foster a Flexible Understanding of Number

What an opportunity I have here at the AIMS Center!  We have been afforded the time and resources to read mountains of research about how children come to understand number, replicate that research, and then begin designing mathematical learning opportunities that help children along while eliciting their mathematical thinking.  After a period of reflection upon… Continue Reading

The (Math) Things Kids Say

Children’s thoughts about mathematics are reflections of their experiences (Steffe, von Glasersfeld, Richards, & Cobb, 1983). Let’s take a look: In the AIMS blog, there has been a good bit of talk about the “mathematics of children” (Steffe, 1991).  This covers a lot of ground.  When we talk about the way that children construct math… Continue Reading

Meet the Children Where They Are: Episode 4

Narrator:  “Although this series makes this interaction seem like a long period of time, it was actually only about 3 minutes…well, maybe 5!  Time flies when you’re having fun, okay?  Anyway, can Bob count two hidden piles of rocks?  Let’s get back to the action.” (Math research associate narrates…) RA:  So it was the bottom… Continue Reading

Meet the Children Where They Are: Episode 3

Narrator: “Last time on Meet the Children Where They Are: Has Mr. Unnamed nerdy-looking stereotypical math Research Associate (RA) found 5-year-old Bob’s zone of potential construction (ZPC)? Bob has counted 12 rocks and he came up with three different solutions.” (from title screen — video of construction site with concrete truck backing up) (fade to… Continue Reading

Meet the Children Where They Are: Episode 2

Narrator: “Last time on Meet the Children Where They Are: Mr. Unnamed nerdy-looking stereotypical math Research Associate (RA) is down in the mud getting ready to do some math with an unsuspecting 5-year-old child named Bob. Can he find Bob’s ZPC without damaging the child for life? Let’s head back to the construction site where… Continue Reading

Using Fingers to Build Number Sense

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

Why?

Why? Why do you go to work daily? Why are you good at what you do? Why are you reading this mathematics blog? Why are students engaged in some math lessons and not others? Why do some students do well in school while some fall behind? I’m going to leave you, the reader, to answer… Continue Reading