Thinking About Hints…

This week, my friend Erin shared with me a great problem that her son’s teacher posed to him.  Simple, yet challenging… Find a fraction that is between 1/4 and 1/5 Not very complicated, but requires some heavy cognitive lifting. Naturally, I was intrigued about how kids might solve it.  This morning, I had the good fortune to grab breakfast with my 9 year old daughter. … Continue reading Thinking About Hints…

The Great Frontier…

A Google search for “dividing fractions” brings up a mere 384,000 hits, so there’s no shortage of people looking for, creating and wondering about this topic.  Despite the volume of work on the web, it still feels like incompletely explored territory to me. From “Your’s is not to wonder why, just invert and multiply” to drawing and partitioning bars and arrays to a myriad of … Continue reading The Great Frontier…

It’s the little things…how page layout can impact the engagement of your kids.

As I prepared to do a lesson with some first grade students the other day, my colleagues and I turned our attention to the page of problems that they’d be working on.  Emerging literates, the page called for just one copy to be used as a “demonstration” copy where the recording would be done as a group.  How, we wondered, would we keep the attention … Continue reading It’s the little things…how page layout can impact the engagement of your kids.