# Unit Construction

### Driving in the Fog

Currently, I am in the midst of raising a 16-year-old who has been learning to drive. Recently, I was reminded of what it feels like to do something new while I was doing a math demo lesson in a classroom and how circumstances can bring us back to those early behaviors. Fog. Here in the… Continue Reading

### Really? You’re Still Counting (Part 5)

Counting.  Nothing in mathematics gives us more of a return on our investment. In my first blog post in this series, we briefly looked at beginning counters, who start with rote counting and then move on to count concrete items.  These types of counting are huge investments in their mathematical futures. In the second post,… Continue Reading

### That Moment You Realize…

Have you ever had one of those “aha!” moments when the light bulb goes off, and you come to understand something that makes your whole life easier? Or better yet as a teacher, you witness your students have one of those “aha!” moments. For us, at the AIMS Center for Math and Science, we have… Continue Reading

### Mathematical Strategies: The Chicken or the Egg?

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? This is an age-old question based on the observation that all chickens hatch from eggs, and all chicken eggs are laid by chickens. The problem is it’s difficult to answer because it is not clear which of the two events is the cause and which is the… Continue Reading

In our work at AIMS, we have opportunities to see many students do some pretty remarkable things. Sometimes we experience students doing exactly what we’ve come to expect them to do, but it is no less remarkable to witness. I’d like to share with you some of my experience with a student named Zada (pseudonym).… Continue Reading

### Meraki [may-rah-kee]

meraki [may-rah-kee] (adjective) This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing, whatever it may be. Do you love your work? Is it more than just a job? The above word (as defined in Christopher J.… Continue Reading

### Creating Centers in the Classroom – Part 5

This blog is the fifth part of a multi-part series titled “Creating Centers in the Classroom.” If you’ve missed the previous installments, you can read part 1 HERE, part 2 HERE, part 3 HERE, and part 4 HERE. Through our experiences with children here at the AIMS Center, based on the research of Dr. Les… Continue Reading

### Fluency and the Dancing Queen

In 1974 the Swedish pop group ABBA had their first hit with a tune called Waterloo. While the song is written and performed in English, only two of the group spoke English at the time. The two female singers (and the two A’s in the group’s name), Agnetha and Anni-Frid, had very little understanding or… Continue Reading

### Creating Centers in the Classroom – Part 4

This blog is the fourth part of a multi-part series titled “Creating Centers in the Classroom.” If you’ve missed the previous installments, you can read part 1 HERE, part 2 HERE, and part 3 HERE. In our continuing series of blog posts on creating math centers in the classroom, I began thinking about the idea… Continue Reading

### Creating Centers in the Classroom – Part 3

This blog is the third part of a multi-part series titled “Creating Centers in the Classroom.” If you’ve missed the previous installments, you can read part 1 HERE and part 2 HERE. As we start the new school year, many teachers will try to create an engaging learning environment that meets the needs of all… Continue Reading