I recently came across a CNBC article titled: “A psychotherapist says parents who raise confident, mentally strong kids always do these 3 things when praising their children” written by Jessica VanderWier, a psychotherapist who works with families and children. It’s short, but full of incredible advice on how to help kids be confident. The article […]Read more "Mentally Strong Students"
Before I begin, I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all of our healthcare personnel and other essential workers around the globe who have been working tirelessly to help keep us healthy, safe and sane! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! This is certainly an unprecedented time, to say the least. If […]Read more "Fostering “M.A.T.H.” (Math At The Home)"
In the beginning of this school year, I wrote a post called: In Math Class: To Write is Right. It discusses some thoughts on how we use writing to express ourselves, and how we use the written word in today’s world. I also promised to follow-up with some strategies that I have tried, and want to […]Read more "To Write Is Right: A Follow-Up"
“A picture says a thousand words” is a well-known statement and for the most part, true. Pictures can be interpreted in many ways. Emojis, bitmojis, gifs, memes, snaps – they are all digital, pictorial expressions. They are pictures that represent, or “say,” words. So, if our world is saturated with pictures, then where are all […]Read more "In Math Class: To Write is Right"
I recently came across an NPR article entitled: “OK, Google, Where Did I Put My Thinking Cap?,” and it really got me thinking about my students. You know, those teenagers who seem to have their mobile devices glued to their hands. The same kids who grumble a little bit when I politely ask them to put […]Read more "Can’t I Just Google This Instead?"
Teenagers love money. They love to make money, but they REALLY love to spend money! It’s one of the reasons why they are a highly targeted market for advertisers – you can count on teenagers to buy lots of “stuff!” But, teenagers have very little experience with managing money. Some may have a job, others […]Read more "A Love Triangle Between Teens, Money, and Budgets"
If you love math, you’ll love A Slice of Pi – All The Math You Forgot To Remember From School by Liz Strachan. It’s a great little reference book full of short vignettes and explanations on different historical references, famous theorems and proofs, and interesting explanations. Strachan discusses topics that include: Fibonacci, Euclid, Binary Numbers, the […]Read more "Book Review: A Slice of Pi"
“Which One Doesn’t Belong?” Sounds like a simple proposal, right? When presented with a group of four similar “things,” is it truly easy to answer that question? Thanks to the following people, my classes were able to face this challenge: All of my amazing PLN at #MTBoS, Christopher Danielson (@Trianglemancsd), Mary Bourassa (@MaryBourassa), Alex Overwijk (@AlexOverwijk), […]Read more "You Down With WODB? Yeah You Know Me!"
This morning, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Sandy Cohen Family Math Day, co-sponsored by the Nassau County Mathematics Teachers’ Association (NCMTA), of which I am a member, and the Nassau County Association of Mathematics Supervisors (NCAMS). This year, the annual event featured about 80 presenters and about 300 participants engaging in mathematics […]Read more "A High School Teacher Experiences A Kindergarten Math Class"
Happy Pi Day! Of course, this year’s Pi Day is the “Pi Day of the Century” because in a year that ends in ’15, the date reads: 3/14/15, the first five digits of pi. I’m sure you’ve had some fun at 9:26:53 when the date and time read a total of 10 digits, instead of […]Read more "Pi Day of the Century"