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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

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

Language Acquisition #4: Time To Learn Katakana

Konnichiwa!    Yoroshika onegai shimasu. I haven’t made a whole lot of progress as far as my vocabulary.  However, I am happy to report that I am hearing a lot more … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Language Acquisition #3: Training My Ear and Tongue

Konichiwa!    Genki desu ka? Genki desu. I spent four hours putting together a video just for you!   I can’t begin to explain how much of a pain it is to … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Language Acquisition #2: I Can Read Hiragana!

Well, most of them.     The important thing is that the random strokes are beginning to form strokes that make sense!     I was wasting time on YouTube when a Japanese Children’s … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Language Acquisition #1: Making Sense of Squiggles and Foreign Sounds

You forget what a toddler world must feel like until you start trying to learn a language.     Know why toddlers cry and scream and throw tantrums so easily like they … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

Reblog It #10: Unidirectional airflow in the lungs of birds, crocs…and now monitor lizards!?

Originally posted on Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week:
Image courtesy of Emma Schachner. Gotta say, I did not see that coming. Today sees the publication of a new paper…

April 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Daily Prompt #12: We Can Be Taught

From:  The Daily Prompt The Prompt:   What makes a teacher great? A Response that was a First Click:  Nerdy Woman A Response that was a Last Click:  Musical Chairs A … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

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