Author Archives: Scott Nielsen

Encouraging a Playful Spirit

It is difficult to open any kind of math publication lately without seeing the word “play.” It seems like everyone in the math-twitter-blog-o-sphere can’t say enough about the value of allowing children to play in the classroom. Indeed, the power of play in children’s development is undeniable. However, I can’t help but wonder if a… Continue Reading

Do Teachers Really Teach?

Picture a beach along California’s beautiful coast with sand, sun, and a light breeze. Waves crash with regularity. Now imagine that one particular wave comes higher up the beach and splashes into a collection of driftwood. The effect of the wave on the wood depends on the wood’s weight, shape, and size. In short, the… Continue Reading

Spoiler Alert!

My teaching career began in a 6th grade multiple-subject classroom. Along with math, I loved having my students experience good literature. One favorite activity for both the students and myself was to read aloud to them. I had a few favorite read-aloud chapter books that I would share with them, like Freak the Mighty by… Continue Reading

Reflections from the New Guy

A few short weeks ago I was in my 8th grade math classroom asking students to put away their fidget spinners, managing the controlled chaos that is a junior high classroom, and encouraging groups of students to argue in a productive way about math problems from the curriculum. Coming to AIMS has put me in… Continue Reading