• Vlog Ep #10: Involving Parents in Their Children’s Math Education

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    How do you find the parents of your students? Are they helping their children to learn, or are they more of a hindrance? Some parents can be incredibly difficult to cope with, of course. And sometimes an assertive manner and explaining the boundaries between their opinions and your professional work is called for.

  • Vlog Ep #09: Fake Math and Pseudocontexts

    Fake Math and Pseudocontexts

    What are pseudocontexts, and should K-6 math teachers be concerned about them? I came across the term in Dan Meyer's excellent blog, in which he explores better ways of engaging students in learning math, and calls out "fake math" and poor teaching.

  • Vlog Ep #08: Teaching Math Unshackled from Standards and Curriculum Documents

    Are you getting a little tired of other people interfering in how you teach in your classroom? I see around the world teachers being put under greater and greater pressure to perform, as if they were mere employees or servants of the state. And I'm over it!

  • Vlog Ep #07: How to Use Technology to Teach K-6 Math

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    Do you use technology as much as you'd like to help your K-6 students understand math? How do students respond to tech? Would they actually prefer old school resources? Have you started using Snapchat yet? Would you like daily K-6 math videos to start conversations? Follow me: petes_classroom

  • Vlog Ep #06: Look Around You for Real Life Contexts for K-6 Math

      In the busyness of classroom teaching, do you find math lessons becoming a bit stale? Are textbook lessons getting you and your students down a bit? I believe that students crave interesting, relevant lessons, especially in math. How can we provide such lessons?   It’s a simple idea: find real math going on in […]

  • Vlog Ep #05: Kids Figure Stuff Out (And What That Means For Math Education)

    Have you ever felt like banging your head on the wall when trying to get kids to learn something? Do you feel you're not up to the task of "getting through to these kids" and making them learn something?

  • Vlog Ep #04: Math-Anxious Parents Produce Anxious Kids Who Know Less Math (research report)

    Do you wonder about the wisdom of sending math homework home? Have you ever had a sneaky suspicion that parents may actually not be helping their kids learn math?

  • The Most Challenging K-6 Math Topic (Survey Results)

    Teachers recently told us, of all the K-6 math topics in the curriculum, which one they would most like help with. Care to guess which topic came to the top of the list? Most Challenging K-6 Math Topic The “winner”: Place value. Close behind? Operations, followed by Number facts. Since these three broad topics form […]

  • Teach Times Tables Without Apologies

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    From today onward, I will not apologize for expecting students to memorize the times tables. And nor should you.

  • Math is Important, REALLY Important

    Math is important: student using laptop

    How important is it for our kids to grow up being good at math? Try this on for size: in 2016, terrorists are as likely to carry a laptop as a bomb. And they are probably in a basement somewhere, not risking being found out in the open. Want to try that line "We don't really need to be all that good at math, now we all have smartphones" again? I thought not.