# Early Math

### Idea Generators

I just returned from two weeks of study at Michigan State University as part of my PhD program in Education. My study related to qualitative research purposes and methodologies. I gained experience in writing field notes, conducting interviews, collecting data, and describing and analyzing observations. Although much of this work requires taking notes, this is… Continue Reading

### Redefining Productivity in the Classroom

Dad: “Hi, son. How was school today?” Son: “Good.” Dad: “What did you learn?” Son: “Nothing.” As a son and a dad, I’ve played both roles in this exchange. I remember my dad asking me what I learned at school that day. In retrospect, I think the reason that I often answered “nothing” came down… Continue Reading

### Let the Math Shine Through

My youngest daughter is 2 ½ years old and she has yet to discover just how much her mother loves mathematics. The other day, as she worked on a puzzle of shapes, she held up one of the shapes and said, “diamond.” I wrinkled my nose as I corrected her with the correct term, “rhombus.”… Continue Reading

### Count Anything and Everything

A few weeks ago, I was walking across campus and found myself counting the number of steps it had taken me to get from our office to the campus bookstore. After realizing what I had unconsciously done, I purposely counted my steps on my return trip to check for accuracy and, to my surprise, I… Continue Reading

### Math Super Heroes – A Reflection on Early Mathematics

I have just concluded my second year at the AIMS Center for Math and Science Education in which our Center’s main focus is to learn how young children come to know math.  Through our partnership with two Head Start early learning programs, the four AIMS early math research associates observed two sites that housed 10… Continue Reading

### Telling Stories

Our early math team has just finished up our work at several preschool sites for this school year and we’ve been reflecting on our experiences thus far. In conversations with teachers about what we’ve learned and how this experience has deepened our understanding of children’s mathematics, we’ve told lots of stories about particular children that… 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

### I Fell In Love With The Gears

In my learning of constructivism and the theories of Piaget, I often think of this quote: “No one but you can make your associations, and no one but you can isolate your sound-image and whatever you conceptualize in your experiential field.”  (Von Glaserfield, 1995)  This quote is from a chapter on language and meaning, but… Continue Reading

### Mathematizing ~ Counting Stories

Mathematizing defined by Allen Rosales is “the process of understanding math within the context of children’s daily lives”. Last weekend, while cleaning my garage, I came across three lesson plan books from when I taught Kindergarten and First grade. Why I hadn’t gotten rid of them earlier, I don’t know.  Rather than immediately tossing them… Continue Reading

### April Showers Bring May Flowers… and Assessments

The 2016-17 school year will be coming to an end in just a few weeks. This is a significant milestone for children completing preschool and beginning transitional kindergarten or kindergarten in the fall. In state and federally funded preschool programs, the DRDP (2015) will be given to each of the children and will allow parents… Continue Reading