Ecosystems Have Histories

We recently had a visit from Emily Dilger, who is the lead of the Bay Area STEM Ecosystem project. Learning ecosystems are a way of thinking about the various experiences, environments, learners, and tools that exist across settings and contexts. As we gathered on several occasions to have conversations about the power of partnerships and… Continue Reading

Episode 91 | The Power of Mathematical Play

Chris Brownell is continuing to enjoy his well deserved vacation and stepping out from the shadows to host today is our producer, Chris Bennett. We continue our conversation about presentations that were given at the recent Early Math Symposium with Aileen and Liz. They gave teachers an opportunity to not only learn about the importance… Continue Reading

I Was There

Social media is what brought me to the Early Math Project Symposium sponsored in part by AIMS and held on the campus of Fresno Pacific University Friday, June 22, 2018, @aimsed, #AIMSplay, #AIMSspatial, and #EMSymp18. While I was following the day through social media, I realized that I could do an even better job of… Continue Reading

Why Teach Using Centers?

Have you ever seen a fellow teacher running math centers and wondered how they could pull it off? I used to think that if I tried, chaos would erupt all over the room and it would end in disaster. This past spring I was able to run some math centers in a first-grade classroom. It… Continue Reading

Moving and Imagining: Spatial Presentation at Early Math Symposium 2018

On Friday, April 22, 2018, at the Early Math Symposium, AIMS associates engaged participants in three presentations on early mathematics. Wilma Hashimoto and I presented “What’s So Special About Spatial”. We presented this twice and had a great time interacting with the two groups. Our goal of the presentations was to inform our participants about… Continue Reading

Do You Do Shikaku?

Keeping a sharp cognitive fitness level means continually engaging in mental exercises, using multiple senses, having a growth mindset, doing so often, and repeatedly. I like to find new challenges and this summer is no exception. A while back I remember being introduced to a puzzle named Shikaku. It was created by Nikoli, the Japanese… Continue Reading

Counting with the Alphabet

It should be no surprise that, after working at AIMS for nearly two years, my co-workers still have the ability to inspire deeper learning in me. One of the things that the research and working with children have taught me is that their counting is very ordinal rather than cardinal at the beginning of their… Continue Reading

Houston, We DON’T Have a Problem

The early math research associates at the AIMS Center for Math and Science have studied and written about the importance of spatial reasoning skills in the early learning classroom.  Our blogs have suggested ways teachers can promote spatial reasoning skills by having children learn directions on a grid mat, manipulate puzzle pieces, and create Lego… Continue Reading