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Moments from our 8th Grade Summer Math Academy (part 2)

This morning found me sitting in the back of Elizabeth Brown’s  8th Grade Summer Academy class. Opening activity: Dot talks. I always enjoy Dot Talks because I love hearing student thinking and the variety of ways that people perceive things. Most students were quiet in their participation and Elizabeth worked to draw them into conversation.… Continue reading Moments from our 8th Grade Summer Math Academy (part 2)

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Moments from our 8th Grade Summer Math Academy (part 1)

Another season, another new adventure in making a difference for our students.  This summer we launched the 8th Grade Summer Math Academy for our students who struggled in Math 8.  The academy is focused on standards that are most essential for success in the first semester of Math 1. Days are rich with math modeling,… Continue reading Moments from our 8th Grade Summer Math Academy (part 1)

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Stop Lying to Children: A Story of Diamonds

I have been conflicted lately about a word that seems to have no defintion (in the mathematical world, at least) but, like the oval, is a widely acceptable shape. It’s the diamond. I have grown up my entire life with the understanding that a diamond is just a square with compressed, opposite vertices. I think I… Continue reading Stop Lying to Children: A Story of Diamonds

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Kindergarten: From Counting to Cardinality to Abstraction

Kindergarten: From Counting to Cardinality to Abstraction Recently, we have been having some discussions about Kindergarten expectations and assessment when it comes to the K.CC standards. We built a Kindergarten task that measured K.CC4.a-c and K.CC5 a few years ago.  Unfortunately, the formal assessment was too time-consuming and it was modified. The baby, however, was… Continue reading Kindergarten: From Counting to Cardinality to Abstraction

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Technology May Change, But Data is Still Data

So, someone sent me a link to this great video that graphs and charts data from some popular musical numbers.  It’s nice to see that math and data folks actually have a sense of humor!  I wish I could give credit to exactly who produced the video but at the end it simply states from “The Office of Accountability.” Wow…Not just something hilarious from data folks but from an “Office of Accountability”…That’s amazing!  Enjoy!