Art, Appliances, and Renate Neumann

Art, Appliances, and Renate Neumann

It has been a whirlwind spring! While theoretically on spring break for the last six weeks, I’ve been busily building new online courses and traveling—and, of course, watching creativity all around me. My busy “break” has reminded me, yet again, of the ways travel can spark creativity, helping us to see the world through new … Continue reading

It’s Worth Doing Badly

It’s Worth Doing Badly

I have a friend who is known for her wise, often humorous, sayings. One of my favorites is, “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.” Apparently, according to my web search, G.K. Chesterton said it first. “Wait a minute,” I can hear you thinking, “Isn’t it supposed to be, ‘Anything worth doing is worth doing … Continue reading

Listening, Math, and Mathematical Questions

Listening, Math, and Mathematical Questions

A friend of mine has been working to improve her middle school math students’ listening. They are focusing not just on “paying attention,” or listening to the teacher, but on listening to one another as well. It is challenging and important work. Listening is not just a matter of good manners and a calmer classroom … Continue reading

How are you curious?

How are you curious?

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. Albert Einstein   I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. Eleanor Roosevelt   Curiosity is at the root of so … Continue reading

Sometimes “Oops” Works

Sometimes “Oops” Works

By now some who have followed this blog for a while have figured out that in our house, a perfect date night may well include dinner and browsing in a book store. Recently I did just that, armed with a discount coupon for a book of choice. I had a hard time deciding, so after … Continue reading

Emoji Math!

Emoji Math!

Can you solve this problem? If you looked at it and thought, “Well, sure, that is easy,” you might be feeling the way some students do when first introduced to emoji math. Emoji math is exactly what it sounds like—mathematical equations to be solved using the familiar icons in place of traditional variables. It’s algebra … Continue reading