Last week, I had one of those days in the MLC Drop-In Centre where I was hyper-aware of what I was doing as I was talking with students and by the end I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things I had thought about. I decided that today I might attempt to process (or […]

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Tagged Drop-In Centre, teaching methods

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Here is another post about a book I’ve read recently. This time, I’m writing about the book “Making Number Talks Matter” by Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker.

In Cathy and Ruth’s words, number talks are “a brief daily practice where students mentally solve computation problems and talk about their strategies”. I had heard people talk about […]

This post is about Tracy Zager’s most excellent book, Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had. I actually finished reading it back in January, and I live-tweeted my reading as I went. The process culminated with this tweet:

I've just finished reading your #becomingmath book @TracyZager. This is the bit I liked: pic.twitter.com/nWHp9mHUgt

— David Butler […]

This is another post about a teaching book I’ve read recently. This one is about the Which One Doesn’t Belong Teacher Guide by Christopher Danielson.

It goes with a beautiful little picture book called “Which One Doesn’t Belong?”, which is a shapes book different from any you’ve ever seen before. In this book, each page has […]

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Tagged discussion, early childhood, geometry, statistics, teaching methods

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Writing about the teaching books I’ve read is fast becoming a series, because this is the third post in a row about a teaching book I’ve read. The book I finished earlier this week is “5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussions” by Margaret S. Smith and Mary Kay Stein and coming out of the […]

Over the last week or so, I have been reading the book “Math on the Move” by Malke Rosenfeld (subtitled “Engaging Students in Whole Body Learning”). Ever since connecting with Malke on Twitter back in June or July, I’ve wanted to read her book, and I finally just bought it and read it. Now that […]

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Tagged physical manipulatives, play, pure maths, teaching methods

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Over the weekend, I read “The Classroom Chef” by John Stevens and Matt Vaudrey. This is a post about my reaction to the book.

The premise of the book is to use cooking in a restaurant as a metaphor for constructing teaching in a classroom. It’s a good metaphor, and executed well. Warm up routines are […]

It’s university holidays again (aka “non-lecture time”), which means I’m back on the blog trying to process everything that’s happened this term. Mostly this has been me spending time with students in the Drop-In Centre, since I made a commitment to do more of what I love, which is spending time with students in the […]

Every semester I talk to students about what the absolute value does to the graph of a function. Basically, the graph of y = |f(x)| is the same as the graph of y = f(x), but with all the bits below the x-axis flipped to be above the x-axis. I’ve always simply drawn some graphs […]

When I was in primary school, one of my teachers once tried to teach us averages using cricket, and it is one of my strongest memories of being thoroughly confused in maths class.

I’m pretty sure my teacher thought that using cricket to teach averages was a great idea, but (for me at least) it was […]

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Tagged applications, teaching methods

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