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Writes and Wrongs #13: Supporting Math Curriculum That Scares You

I’ve discussed my math history in past posts and explained the importance of math sense .  Many of us adults can do steps without ever knowing how or why we … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writes and Wrongs #11: Subtraction Without Borrowing – Partial Differences (Negatives and Positives)

I hated math in school.  It gave me a lot of stress and anxiety.     Dear Mrs. Morris (my first grade teacher) wrote on one of my official assessments that I … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

Writes and Wrongs #10: Subtraction Without Borrowing – The Nines Plus 1 (Number Sense)

My mother-in-law wanted my husband to hang up a picture.  When she couldn’t find the hammer she brought a ping-pong paddle.   We all laughed.   After a time searching, she produced … Continue reading

March 12, 2016 · 4 Comments

Writes and Wrongs #9: New Math Reassurance for the Parents 2 (Number Sense)

Mr. McNamarra was my seventh grade pre-Algebra teacher.   On the first day of class he went to the blackboard and wrote “3” with white chalk.    He asked us … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Writes and Wrongs #8: New Math Reassurance For the Parents (Why We Need Hows and Whys)

Let’s face it.  If you are reading this,  you are probably old.   That’s not a bad thing.   We are experienced and wise in the ways of the world.    Experience is … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · 3 Comments

Writes and Wrongs #7: Subtraction (Regrouping / Decomposition / Borrowing) For the Parents

I am not a math genius.   I am quite average in skill.  I know this series started with writing, but I figured why not share some basic math skills.    … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

That’s Totally Random #19: Stupid Common Core Memes and Videos (Part 2)

I guess this video got under my skin more than usual (see part 1), so I decided to explain why it is important to be able to understand why this … Continue reading

March 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

That’s Totally Random #18: Stupid Common Core Memes and Videos (A Rant)

I am so sick of these common core memes and videos. Watch it: Common Core Video The person in the video is actually demonstrating  a simple concept.  Basic number sense.    … Continue reading

March 6, 2016 · 5 Comments

Article #13: Common Core Conundrum

I teach adults and for a time I tutored high school students.  It breaks my heart when I get students so beaten down and anxious that they’ve convinced themselves they … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · 9 Comments

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