Unit Construction

The Way I Learned Math

“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

Awareness

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

How Cooking Helped me Relate to a Child’s Experience in Math

In my last blog I talked about how the research I have been studying focuses on the “mathematics of children” and I claimed that research that articulates “mathematics of children” can provide powerful tools for a teacher. Many of us experienced elementary school a long time ago and this creates a challenge for our teaching.… Continue Reading

Whose Task is This?

As a classroom teacher I worked tirelessly to create tasks, problems and questions that I thought would be good for students. I thought that the tasks I was creating were equal to what the students would be thinking. I am constantly reminded that what I perceive to be the question is not always what the… Continue Reading

“Because” is not an answer!

“Auntie E! Because is not an answer!” my 3-year old niece shouted in my ear. We were on a nature walk in the mountains and she had been bombarding me with question after question. “Why are there pine needles on the ground?” “Why is this rock gray?” “Why does Sugar (my dog) like to run… Continue Reading

Knowledge Inspires Interaction

Knowledge implies interaction, and we cannot step out of our domain of interactions, which is closed. We live, therefore, in a domain of subject-dependent knowledge and subject-dependent reality… We literally create the world in which we live by living in it. (Maturana, 1978) One of the most exciting experiences for me is watching someone else… Continue Reading

What’s Wrong Here?

Another late night reading… Another night of pulling away from my family to try to make sense of new information, in order to make my lessons meaningful and productive for my students. I love teaching and had been teaching for 12 years before coming to the AIMS Center. I had taught Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and… Continue Reading