Just returning from the NAEYC annual conference in Orlando, my head is swimming with ideas--ideas that both extend and challenge my previous beliefs. I love that hopeful and refreshed feeling of returning to my classroom after an amazing conference feeling ready to take on the world! I want to share an abbreviated version of my presentation,… Continue reading Math Is Storytelling
Boxes and Marbles
From the Marina Pics Photostream on Flickr Sometimes the best teaching, learning and play happens at unexpected moments, in unplanned ways. I've developed the habit of collecting interesting odds and ends (or, as my husband refers to it, junk!) that I think might be interesting for my students to use or play with. Last year I began to… Continue reading Boxes and Marbles
My kindergarten colleague, Lauren, brought up an important issue in her comment on my last post, Explore: "In the first few weeks of school we use a lot of explore time in kindergarten with Unifix cubes, pattern blocks, and other manipulatives. What kinds of questions can we ask during discussion to create meaningful reflection and what… Continue reading Play-Debrief-Replay
Time for mathematical play and exploration is critical to the development of problem-solving skills, creativity, and persistence. And yet, play is something that is increasingly getting set aside as outside pressures in the education world distract from real learning. When I was having trouble finding time for mathematical play (or any play at all, really)… Continue reading Explore!