My Favorite Joke(r)

It's day 1 of my NaBloPoMo entry for July. It's a good thing that I have writing prompts to guide me. It was a struggle for me at first to come up with a favorite joke - not because I have the absence of one, it's more of I have a number of them....more

Apps We Love: Marble Math and Marble Math Jr. by Artgig

I haven’t seen an app that makes better use of the tilting function of iPhone and iPad than Marble Math by Artgig Apps. The app turns your device into a maze. The object of the game is to navigate a marble through the maze by tilting your device. And it works great!...more

You realize almost nobody in this class knows what's going on?

The quote of the day: "You realize that almost nobody in this class knows what's going on?" "Yes I do, sadly I've been doing this for years." That was between myself and my math teacher. Despite how it sounds he is a good math teacher. He tries so very hard to get any of the youngsters in the class to give a rat's ass about algebra. They don't.  A good third of our class has vanished...nobody is sure why....more

How many more years of fractions?

Sitting at the table yesterday, working on Rebecca’s math, I had a startling realization: 6th grade Rebecca is very much like 6th grade Christy. She asks the same kinds of questions about math that I did. For instance, “Why does it work to invert and multiply when I’m supposed to be dividing fractions?  Who came up with this stuff? When will I ever need this? Ever?”...more

Toddler Math

"Mommy, come draw with me.""Not now, sweety," I say while I peruse for necessary items."Mommy, please come draw with me.""Not now, sweety.  How about in five minutes?""Not five minutes.""I'll set my timer.  Which would you prefer: four or five minutes?"My little boy stands on the chair and ponders and then says, "Zero minutes."My husband and I let out big guffaws at our son's wit and cleverness.I smile and say that's not an option and ask how long I should set the timer for....more

the Man in the Truck: Segment 8

Blog Directory I was sitting at the breakfast table inside our kitchen working on the Math weekly reader double checking back over my problems for any mistakes and referring back to the sample picture page at the start of the chapter for problem examples. My mother was at the table knitting something in yellow, her back against the window that she framed now with pale yellow valences with matching panel curtains that were opened to Jay’s house across the street....more

Are math skills genetic?

Have you seen this new study about math skills possibly being genetic? Who would tell their kid about this research - besides math geniuses? (And even then, you might be setting your kid up to feel like a disappointment.)First of all, there's no proof that math skills are genetic. There was some study at Johns Hopkins about "number sense" and suddenly everyone can blame their inability to balance their checkbook without a calculator on bad chromosomes. ...more

Segment 8: The Man in the Truck

Blog Directory I hadn’t talked to Sheedy in a long while and I was sitting crunching on the last couple bites of my orange snowball while trying to keep my eye on how to form the X and Y slope on my geomgetry word problem, “If one side of a square is doubled in length and the adjacent side is decreased by two centimeters, the area of the resulting rectangle is 96 square centimeters larger than that of the original square....more

Experts want help in schools for dyscalculia ("trouble with numbers/math")

In the UK, brain experts are fighting to get specialized teaching for dyscalculia ('trouble with numbers" or "trouble with math") in the schools. They think it should be part of mainstream education, which makes sense because so many kids have math difficulties. And everyone is finally starting to understand that no matter what the cause of the weak math cognitive skills (e.g. genetic), dyscalculia can be "fixed" by training the brain....more

The Enchantress of Numbers: Ada Lovelace

The daughter of Lord Byron, mathematician, and the woman credited with being the world's first computer programmer still inspires...Augusta Ada Byron, born in 1815, lived a short life of rigorous study, frequent illness, family drama and later, great intellectual and mathematical work. More than a hundred years after her death, she is an inspiration for computer scientists everywhere, especially women....more