Technology and its Relationship to Education

As humans, we tend to think of change as slow and plodding within a historic context. We can look back at our history and see the culmination of events over time and from that infer systemic cultural change. Pick a topic, it doesn’t matter which, history will show us the inevitable change that marks it… Continue Reading

Episode 30 | Helping Teachers Value and Build Models of Student Thinking

We at AIMS are focused upon helping teachers to understand and create useful models of their student’s thinking. This requires a shift in emphasis for some. This week Chris interviews Nicola Hodkowski, a doctoral student in Mathematics Education at the University of Colorado, Denver. She tells, first hand, how this shift can take place, and… Continue Reading

It’s Conference Time!

Spring is here, and to me that means it is education conference season. Yea!! I’m in San Antonio, TX to attend both the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual conferences. It is an opportunity to connect with, learn from, and collaborate with colleagues from… Continue Reading

Defining Fluency

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Cathy Carroll, a Senior Research Associate with WestEd and our state President-elect of the California Mathematics Council, as she facilitated a colloquium  to investigate “fluency” in mathematics.  She also followed up with a podcast to delve deeper into what it means to be fluent.  I have been… Continue Reading

Oh, the Possibilities

Our early math team continues to explore what might be possible for young children in the context of number development and play. We recently designed a linear board game called “Frog Splash” to help preschoolers begin to count the hops of a frog as it nears a swimming hole. After trying this game with children,… Continue Reading

From Red Rock to Green Wall

I have nearly 30 years experience in the teaching of mathematics and the teaching of the teaching of mathematics. Some of my favorite teaching moments have centered on the use of, or focus upon, problems to teach with or from. Every summer for nearly 15 years I would teach the Problem Solving course at Fresno… Continue Reading

Episode 29 | Mathematical Fluency: What does it Mean, Why is it Important?

Cathy Carroll is a Senior Researcher in Mathematics Education for WestEd, an educational research labratory and center. She joins Chris in the studio to talk about what it means to be mathematically fluent and how important this fluency is. Connecting fluency with flexibility rather than automaticity seems to be a core idea within her description and definition for this goal of mathematics education.

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Thinking the NGSS Way

Are you making the transition to using Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as the guiding document in your science classroom? Making the transition to thinking the NGSS way may definitely be a change. The document asks educators to engage students in rigorous thinking enabling them to share arguable evidence while engaged in the science and… Continue Reading