Imaginative Mathematical Play

In my book I talk a lot about how math exchanges must be both contextually meaningful and mathematically significant. Many times "contextually meaningful" means relevant or useful to the life of the mathematician solving the problem. However, this year with my kindergarten class I've been exploring the role of mathematics in the imaginative play of… Continue reading Imaginative Mathematical Play


A peek ahead…

Next week I travel to Orlando for the annual NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) conference. My presentation is called "Mathematics is Storytelling: Bringing Play and a Sense of Narrative to Problem Solving," and it is all about using storytelling to strengthen children's understanding of problem solving.  I thought I'd give you a sneak peek at… Continue reading A peek ahead…


I'm always trying to find ways that the little mathematicians in my kindergarten class can participate in real, meaningful math that matters. Whatever I teach them, I ask myself  "Do they see how this connects to the real world of mathematics?" "Do they see that what they do in math matters?" Each morning we start… Continue reading Counting