Tracy Johnston Zager’s latest blog post makes me happy and sad

Tracy Johnston Zager has an excellent blog post summarizing her experience at a recent conference. The post is a must read: Disrupting the Usual Rhythm Her post made me happy because everyone should experience math the way Zager describes in her post. In fact, everyone should experience math in this way all time time! Oddly, … Continue reading Tracy Johnston Zager’s latest blog post makes me happy and sad

A question from Tracy Johnston Zager that caught my eye

I saw an interesting question from Tracy Johnston Zager on twitter tonight. Unfortunately twitter isn’t cooperating with me right this second and I’m having trouble linking to all of the tweets (ARRGH!!!!), so I’ll have to summarize because I’m trying to get to be early tonight. The conversation went along these lines: Tracy was in … Continue reading A question from Tracy Johnston Zager that caught my eye

A neat student conjecture shared by Tracy Johnston Zager

Saw this interesting tweet from Tracy Johnston Zager today: I decided to ask my kids what they thought about the conjecture. Each kid took the question in a direction I wasn’t expecting: 4th grader: 6th grader: We’ve actually had quite a bit of fun talking about area and perimeter over the years. Here are a … Continue reading A neat student conjecture shared by Tracy Johnston Zager

Tracy Johnston Zager’s Shadowcon Talk

I watched Tracy Johnston Zager’s talk from Shadowcon today and it gave me tons to think about. The talk is here: Tracy Johnston Zager’s Shadowcon Talk One very interesting part of the talk was a collection of negative ideas that elementary school teachers shared about math. Those words are on the screen around 5:35 into … Continue reading Tracy Johnston Zager’s Shadowcon Talk

An interesting Robert Kaplinsky post shared by Tracy Johnston Zager

Saw this interesting tweet from Tracy Johnston Zager tonight: After going through the post I scrapped what I’d planned to do with the boys tonight and asked each of them to go through Kaplinsky’s three questions. I’m doing a geometry course with my older son this year, so I expected that these questions would be … Continue reading An interesting Robert Kaplinsky post shared by Tracy Johnston Zager

A neat number theory problem for kids from Tracy Johnston Zager

I been traveling the past couple of days but did notice this post on twitter a few days ago: There was some debate about whether or not this is a good problem for kids (4th graders, in particular), but I thought it had some fun possibilities and looked forward to going through it with the … Continue reading A neat number theory problem for kids from Tracy Johnston Zager

A challenge relating to a few problems giving my son trouble

I’ve seen some interesting ideas from Tracy Johnston Zager over the last week about the relationship between learning math and intuition. For example: Although I’ve been traveling a bit for work this week the relationship between learning math and intuition has stayed in my head. Sometimes my thoughts have drifted to and old blog post … Continue reading A challenge relating to a few problems giving my son trouble