## Really? You’re Still Counting? (Part 2)

Counting.  Nothing in mathematics gives us more of a return on our investment. In my previous blog, we briefly looked at beginning counters, who start with rote counting and then move on to count concrete items.  To understand the background of what will follow, I recommend that you read the May 23rd, 2018 blog. Before… 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

## Thinking Science

Nineteen states along with the District of Columbia have officially adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Oregon is the only one of those that has fully migrated through adoption to full implementation of the NGSS standards. Administrators and classroom teachers alike are aware that adopting any new standards and then successfully implementing them is… Continue Reading

## Episode 89 | Polya’s Problem Solving Strategies at Work in the Classroom

In May 2018 FPU will graduate the first group of Master’s degree students, who have been scholarshipped by AIMS in the present manner. During the Summer of 2018 we will be hearing from some of them on ZPC. Chris is joined by Mr. Joseph Schuster who teaches mathematics in a small, rural, high school in… Continue Reading

## Pointing Towards Finger Usage

“Sixteen!” My grandson shouts, sitting on the floor smiling, fingers extended. We had been playing with his toy cars. He counted out nine, gave them to me, and I put them behind me out of his sight. He then counted out seven more, gave them to me also, and I hid them under a nearby… Continue Reading

## Learning from Others – Deena Weisberg

Learning through play is an idea that is gaining much popularity in the field of education. Especially for young children, the use of play can harness a power of engagement that comes naturally to children. The characteristics of play that are productive for learning can prove to be an essential element in ensuring deep and… Continue Reading

## Episode 88 | Comparing Traditional and Constructivist Oriented Pedagogies

n May 2018 FPU will graduate the first group of Master’s degree students, who have been scholarshipped by AIMS in the present manner. During the Summer of 2018 we will be hearing from some of them on ZPC. Cassie Siesemore joins Chris via Zoom this week, there are some audio difficulties because of internet connection… Continue Reading

## Summer Reading – Tune-In to Improve the Frequency

Summertime for teachers is for Relaxing, Refreshing, Reenergizing, and Reading. I use summer to find time for my soul to catch up with my body. A preferred way to make sure that all 4R’s receive attention is to read so the relaxing, refreshing and renewing fall into place naturally. The first book on my list… Continue Reading

## Choosing a Task based on the Math of Students (part 2)

In my last blog I talked about tasks I chose for my students based off of their mathematical thinking. I was able to do that because the research on student adaptive pedagogy developed a progression that allowed me as a teacher to look for some classic behavior. Last time I wrote about students who use… Continue Reading