ATMNE 2017 – slides are up!

Hi All, ’tis that time of year again.  I had a fantastic time presenting at the annual conference for the Association of Teachers of Math of New England last Friday, and I’m posting my slides below for whoever can use them.

I love this conference so much – a huge cadre of people who love math and children, two of my favorite things, all gathered together under one roof.  This year’s highlights for me were Carole Tilley’s session “Using Games for Assessment” – so many new games to try out! – and Tracy Zager’s workshop, “Teaching Students to Make Mathematical Connections.”  I think my new mantra may be “what do you wonder?”  This conference always leaves me feeling so in awe of the talent of math teachers, and so aware of how much I still have to learn.

I am glad that my sessions, “Emotion and Learning: Threat and Anxiety in Math Cognition” and “Mindfulness and Math Education” were so well attended.  While we can always, always learn how to be better math teachers, none of that matters if our students are not emotionally able to learn in our classes.  Please, please reach out if you have any questions about the sessions, or if I can be of help in any way at your school.

Movement in Education

Hi All,

By now many of you know about the incredible importance of movement for learning.  John Ratey’s book Spark is a great resource for lay people to read about the research, but to sum up, all learning brains need cardio.  While we often hear about the benefits for children with ADHD, that completely . . . → Read More: Movement in Education

Universal Design for Learning in Math

Well, I’m writing another blog post, so must be I have some slides to post from a conference.  Today’s conference is up in Northport, ME, the annual meeting of the Association of Teachers of Math in Maine.  When I signed up, somehow I blissfully ignored the fact that it was an hour and a half . . . → Read More: Universal Design for Learning in Math

#ATMNE16 and the interconnectedness of life

Interconnectedness, my spellcheck informs me incorrectly, is not a word.  And yet, lately my life seems to be not a tangled web, but a patterned weaving that any spider would be proud of.  I am married and have two daughters because one woman advised the administration that my beloved school in Downeast Maine should be . . . → Read More: #ATMNE16 and the interconnectedness of life

Slideshow for #yfinnovate: Reciprocal Stress and Learning

Hi Everyone!  Sorry for the delay in getting this up online.  A certain four year old had her first ever kid birthday party on Saturday.

Thanks to everyone who came to the talks on Friday.  For those who missed the math anxiety talk, I will be speaking again at the ATMNE conference in Manchester on . . . → Read More: Slideshow for #yfinnovate: Reciprocal Stress and Learning

Slideshow for #yfinnovate: Math Anxiety, Stereotype Threat, and Cognition

Anyone who knows me knows that I can talk for a zillion hours about the negative effects of math anxiety and stereotype threat.  However, when I work with schools, the feeling is that only math teachers would or should be interested in the topic.  I passionately disagree.  We should all care that 93% of our . . . → Read More: Slideshow for #yfinnovate: Math Anxiety, Stereotype Threat, and Cognition