# The Learning Tree

A long time ago, a veteran colleague shared this analogy with me: Kids learn much in the same way that plants grow. Some plants can grow and mature quickly. Others are like the macadamia tree, which takes 7-10 years to produce those delicious nuts; after it produces the first batch of nuts, it can continue … Continue Reading ››

# Breaking News: Math Nerd Becomes Math Warrior

I do math. I teach math. I love math. I am a math nerd. We're all familiar with the stereotypical image of the math nerd: a weak and fearful loser, a geek, someone with a button-down shirt and glasses. While I don’t sport a button-down shirt, … Continue Reading ››

# Math – Coming Soon to a Theater Near You!

Did you know that the average American consumes 52 quarts of popcorn a year? Or that sucking on an ice cube burns 2.3 calories? These were just a few of the fascinating facts I learned recently while sitting in the movie theater with my eight year-old … Continue Reading ››

# Back to the Future: Finding Traces of the Common Core in an 1893 Textbook

I was taken aback when I saw that a theater was showing the Michael J. Fox movie, Back to the Future, in celebration of its 25th anniversary. My first thought was, “Darn, am I that old?” After taking my Gingko Biloba, my memory was successfully jogged … Continue Reading ››

# Heavy Probability in a Geometry Course?

The Common Core State Standards that came out in June 2010 include standards for each of grades K through 8, then one set of standards for grades 9–12. Not surprisingly, many adopters wanted guidance on how to implement the 9–12 standards. Achieve put together a team to map out suggested “traditional” and “integrated” … Continue Reading ››

# Classifying shapes into a hierarchy is a 5th grade standard? Really?!

As I recently worked on correlating our materials to the newly released Common Core State Standards, I was surprised to find many of the topics we commonly associate with a high school geometry course placed throughout the standards for elementary grades. I was surprised, but not shocked. In fact, I've believed for a long … Continue Reading ››