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Problem of the Week November 20

Nov 20, 2017

Lower Elementary: Question: John is older than Michael. Wendy is older than John. If Michael is 3 years old and Wendy is 12 years old, could John be 120 months old?   Upper Elementary: Question: A fairy can fly 16 miles per hour. If the fair...

Problem of the Week November 13

Nov 13, 2017

Lower Elementary: Question: Jack’s suitcase can hold twice as much as Wendy’s suitcase. Wendy’s suitcase can hold twice as much as Danny’s suitcase. Danny’s suitcase is exactly big enough to hold 12 sweaters. How many sweaters can fit inside all ...

Always Pick the Toolbox

Nov 8, 2017

Kids need time and space to build a toolbox of math skills. They build it in their own as they acquire new concepts, improve their number sense, enhance their problem solving.   In the effort to get the toolbox filled, it is easy to resort ...

Problem of the Week November 6

Nov 6, 2017

Lower Elementary: Question: Jack is sitting in a swivel chair facing north. He spins a half turn clockwise, then a quarter turn counterclockwise, then a full turn clockwise, and finally a three-quarter turn counterclockwise. In which direction is...

The Power of Math Bashing

Nov 1, 2017

Research shows that the seemingly benign statements about math (“I never liked this stuff,” “This never made any sense to me”) rub off on our children and do lasting harm.   In a 2015 study, math-anxious parents who frequently helped their e...

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