Adding up the little things

Our dinnertime conversations have become quite formulaic: We talk about the events of our days and if we are close to a weekend, we share any upcoming plans. (If it is slow going, I will tell a fanciful story about my day that features a dragon just to see if anyone is paying attention.) Some nights this goes better than others....more

What Was Wrong With American Math?

I was at dinner with friends the other night, and as conversation with other parents typically does, talk shifted to our kids at the half-way point of the meal.  We discussed their extracurriculars (too many), grades (all good), and then the topic shifted to education....more

Math is My Bully

        “You don’t use this stuff in the real world, why do we gotta learn it?” If I had a nickel for every time I heard that… And if I had a nickel for every time I actually did use multivariate algebra outside of the classroom… Well, what do you think, which of the above two makes me more money? Show all your work. I’ll make it easy on you. It’s the second statement. The truth is, I use multivariate algebra multiple times every day! And guess what, so do you! ...more

There is now a happiness equation

Whenever I used to ask my mother what she wanted for a birthday or Christmas, she would always answer the same thing: "Nothing." If pressed, she would tell me that all she wanted was for us to be happy....more

Divergent Math

Many teens, preteens and an undisclosed number of adults went to see Divergent over the last few weeks. It was the crowning achievement for author Veronica Roth since this was her first book to movie adaptation and congratulations to her! The many teens and pre-teens that flocked to the movie to see Tris on the silver screen now had a visual and audio representation of their beloved story....more
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Everything I Need To Know I Probably Didn't Learn In Third Grade

The other day, my nine-year-old daughter, Grace, sent an email to my husband and I, as well as to her grandparents. Since she is just nine, those are the ONLY people with whom she is allowed to have email contact. Still, she is so enamored with having her own account that we are often treated to her random thoughts for the sake of her being able to send a message. This was one of the most recent:...more

They keep changing the math

In my nightmares, I am sitting at a too-small desk, faced with a series of computations. I have to solve for x...but I have no idea how to do the work....more

Learning Chemistry, Physics and Math in the Garden - Part 1

Agriculture is science. If you're growing something - whether flowers in a pot on the windowsill or vast fields of vegetables - you've got a ready-built classroom....more

Toddler math: The inverse velocity equation

Math was not my strongest subject in school, but I think I am able to remember enough of it to help my son all the way through algebra and geometry (when he hits calculus, we will need outside help). But there is one mathematical equation I didn't learn until I became a mom. And that is the inverse velocity equation. I could write it out as a fancy formula, but I think it works better as an example....more

What Happened to Teaching Math so Kids Actually Learn it?

Math.  Ugh.  What used to be the bane of most students’ existence is now becoming the bane of most parents’ existence.  Why?  Common Core.  ...more