As teachers we sometimes miss interesting, candid comments students make. Paying more attention to what students say adds life to our classrooms and highlights interesting ideas. Sometimes the most important thing a teacher can do is listen carefully and reflect back what students are saying. We forget how important this is, but it is helpful […]

# Archive | Place Value

# NOVEMBER PROBLEM OF THE MONTH

November 2008 Problem of the Month: finding an alternative way to represent a number using nothing more than a few candles. Use number theory and flexible thinking to find a way to show the number. There’s a prize for the person who answers most quickly.

# Place Value Metaphor

During the summer I get to tutor a lot of elementary age students, remediating them on the basics. Almost invariably I find that these students are confused about PLACE VALUE, and considering how critical this concept is to all of math, I decided to write this post. Whenever I have the least suspicion that a […]