Not Another Ball!

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I embarked on this journey as a Research Associate at the AIMS Center for Math and Science Education. It has been an exciting transition for me, having the opportunity to pursue my passion for understanding how children develop their knowledge of mathematics. Over the last year, I… Continue Reading

Be the Reason Someone SMILES Today

As a former kindergarten teacher, I must say I am a big Pinterest fan. When I was looking up ideas for classroom inspirational sayings and quotes, a recurring saying kept coming up, “Be the reason someone smiles today.” What does this look like in a classroom? Why is this important? And how in the world… Continue Reading

Episode 55 | Dr. Richard Thiessen on Constructivism’s Beginnings

Dr. Thiessen joins Chris in the studio they talk more about the Biological underpinnings of the theory. Both Jean Piaget, and Humberto Maturana come at the ideas within Constructivism after earning doctoral degrees in biology. We talk about some connections to neuro and cognitive sciences, finally ending with some allusions to an evocative object Richard… Continue Reading

Help “ALEXA”

Technology allows us to have and use many different, highly sophisticated tools in our classrooms. Amazon’s Echo is just one such example that is being used in many classrooms. The Echo, which responds to the name “Alexa,” is Amazon’s digital assistant built into the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, which are wireless speakers with built-in… 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

Spark Math Enthusiasm

How critical is teacher enthusiasm when it comes to children’s learning? Many of us know the monotone sound image of Charlie Brown’s teacher, “wot-wot, wot-wot, wot-wot.” Not very enthusiastic. Unsurprisingly, I believe that children are more apt to learn when the teacher is enthusiastic, especially about math. During a recent interview we asked teachers, “What… Continue Reading