Tag Archives: Utah Core State Standards

What About Homework?

Back when I was a youngster, lo, these many years ago, homework was the bane of my existence. In fact, I tell people, truthfully, that I only did homework for two classes in high school – Trigonometry and Medieval Literature. … Continue reading

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Random Comments About Learning Mathematics

I Googled “Math Quotes Story Problems” today and got this: Accessed at http://www.pinterest.com/pin/200339883394174796/. No, I don’t have a pinterest account. That is just where Google took me. Really. I Googled story problems for a reason. I went to see a new doctor … Continue reading

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Place Value Computation Strategies

Can you do Division?  Divide a loaf by a knife – what’s the answer to that?  ~Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass Once students are fluent in place value they are ready to start using those concepts in computation. The Utah Core … Continue reading

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Place Value, or Thank You Hindus and Arabs, or The Beauty of the Base-Ten Numeration System

I have been doing a lot of thinking about place value lately. Yes, I need a life outside my standard state-issue gray cubicle. Nonetheless, I have become caught up in the beauty of the Hindu-Arabic number system. We also know … Continue reading

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Conceptual Understanding

“Science is built up of facts, as a house is built of stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house.” ― Henri Poincaré, Science and Hypothesis While Poincaré was writing about … Continue reading

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