Full STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) ahead!

THE DISCOVERY This past summer,  I bought Rory a YOXO Helicopter construction toy (for only $10 at Chapters!). As soon as we got home, he was dying to dig into it, but I said no (...after watching  Shonda Rhimes' TED Talk  I might have answered differently)! I wanted him to wait until I had time to … Continue reading Full STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) ahead!

All things are not created equal!

All things are not created equal...including the understanding of the equals sign! Did you know that Americans have a very poor understanding of the equals sign, especially when compared to students in other countries? “Ninety-eight percent of the Chinese sample correctly answered 4 items indicating conceptions of equality and provided conceptually accurate explanations. In contrast, … Continue reading All things are not created equal!

The good, the bad, and the ugly about number bonds

What are number bonds? Number bonds are just another way to visualize addition facts and are a huge component of Singapore math. What is Singapore math? It is a collection of computation strategies that arose out of Singapore, where students are supposedly ranked among the best in the world in math achievement. So are number … Continue reading The good, the bad, and the ugly about number bonds