Intersecting circles of experience: The Issue of Mad Minute Tests (with Aubrey Neihaus)

Sometimes we find ourselves as intersecting circles of experience. I was engaging in a conversation with my wonderful cousin about something she was grappling with: her son, a fourth grader, was frustrated with his math class. Evan (a pseudonym) said that his teacher expected him to memorize his multiplication tables and demonstrate mastery within a …

The Problem of Angela’s Sand Dollars: Practicing the “I am curious about your thinking” statement

Usually once a month, someone posts a mathematics word problem online (FB, Twitter, email, text) and asks people how they solved it. Most often, I might scroll past it because I do a lot of math for a living and might wanna just look at a cat video for the moment. (Check out #BongoCat BTW). …

Teacher candidates learning about children’s experiences with fractions: An example of an in-the-moment RotL

At the end of every semester, I always get excited to read the reports from my teacher candidates about their whole group math lessons. For weeks, my teacher candidates work to select a content standard, pull resources to get inspiration for a groupworthy task, plan connections to children's experiences, and rehearse those plans.  And our …

Edgar’s Thinking About Even and Odd Numbers While Subitizing Dots

Howdy howdy! After a brief hiatus, I wanted to start back up a discussion about the amazingness of children’s thinking.  Tonight’s post is about subitizing, even and odd numbers, and division. I know that’s a lot in just one post, so I promise to connect them across! In a post on 27 February, I tweeted …

Using Jilk’s (2016) “It was smart when…” statement to name and notice students’ mathematical strengths

For a while now, you've read about the Rights of the Learner (RotL) (1 2 3 4) and how it can help push students' ideas/voices/thinking to the forefront.  Students who exercise their rights to learn see that ALL of their ideas are valuable and can make a contribution to the classroom.  But other than encouraging …

First submission

Howdy everyone! This is my first post for the blog Embracing Life with Major Revisions. For those who aren't in academia, professors at all ranks don't just teach. Quite the contrary. They teach, but they also have to do the following given varying levels of time and effort: Serve on committees Create committees for others …