As an author of Sketchpad activities, I like to think that I can pose good problems for students to solve. But as I visit elementary classrooms and watch students use Sketchpad, I realize that a large part of the enjoyment they derive from using our software comes from creating their own problems and sharing them … Continue Reading ››
Sketchpad has always been great for learning by doing. You can create a triangle and then manipulate the angles with your mouse and observe the results. There is something really primal, though, about using an iPad or a Smart Board, reaching in and grabbing the geometry with your bare hands. … Continue Reading ››
The other week Dan Meyer sent out this tweet.
I'm not sure what Key Curriculum Press is anymore but they run a helluva math ed blog. blog.keypress.com — Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer) January 20, 2012While we appreciate the compliment (and the resulting increase in traffic), it's the first part of that sentence … Continue Reading ››
A quick quiz: How many fractions are there? This may sound like an absurd question, but in the context of elementary mathematics curricula, it makes a lot of sense. Think about it: Children encounter fractions like 1/2, 3/4, and 2/6 all the time, but do they ever see 1/100, 31/90, or 499/500? Unlikely. No brave soul … Continue Reading ››
Today I'd like to share my personal story about Key Curriculum Press, a company I've experienced as a classroom teacher, as an editor, and now as a parent. For many weeks now, I've been trying to write a post about some of the dismal trends I see in education right now, but I keep getting bogged … Continue Reading ››
I was not a picky eater as a child. My parents had no trouble convincing me to eat my peas, artichokes, and even spinach (in the form of my dad’s delicious Thanksgiving stuffing). But I drew the line at Brussels sprouts. There was just no way for me to get over that cabbagy smell. [caption id="" … Continue Reading ››