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How to spot hidden cameras in Airbnb rental properties

The rise of home rental services such as Airbnb has been swift in changing the way we holiday – but there’s a dark side that is only now coming to …

The typeface that helps dyslexics read

Designer Christian Boer had problems reading as a child because of dyslexia. Now he’s created a downloadable font that can untangle the jumbled letters that many dyslexics see.<p>Christian Boer always struggled with reading. When confronted with a page of text, the letters would twist and jumble …

Typography

Nike’s 3D Printed Sprinting Shoe the Zoom Superfly Flyknit Will be Worn at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

Allyson Felix at the London 2012 Olympic Games August 8, 2012. (REUTERS/Eddie Keogh)<p>Athletes who perform in the 200- and the 400-meter sprints often …

Your anti-virus software is not enough

As cyber-security gets more complicated, you should be taking more steps to protect yourself.<p>There was a time when anti-virus software was the height of computer security, especially if you were a Windows user. But the landscape of threats has changed, and we live in an era of sweeping, global …

MacBook Air

The Mathematical Way to Wrap Presents of Various Shapes

Gift wrapping is an art, but it’s also about basic geometry. Mathematician Katie Steckles demonstrates a few “mathematically satisfying” ways to wrap …

What Does It Mean To Understand Mathematics?

Several years ago I had a profound moment that led me to completely rethink what it meant to understand mathematics. I was still in the classroom and …

inside the dodecagon

That envelope shape the other day got me thinking about how one shape can be made up of other ones, other ones that sometimes don't add ...

Four Square and Other Questions

One afternoon during recess I noticed that the Four Square grid at our school had been enlarged. Naturally I yelled out to the kids, “Hey kids, when …

“Why are we doing this Miss?”

When this question arises, I have a habit of immediately replying “because it is absolutely essential in the oil industry.” Then I watch their face …

Mathematics

Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching

While many math educators may be able to order fractions from largest to smallest in their sleep, teaching that skill to students and recognizing …

With Math I Can - Growth Mindset Tools

Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and author of eight books including Mathematical Mindsets: …

Postscript about the Number Eleven

This morning, I read a comment posted in response to my recent blog, Eleven Things about the Number Eleven. MQ referred to the very last entry in the …

Mathematics

Real Work v. Real World

“Make the problem about mobile phones. Kids love mobile phones.”<p>I’ve heard dozens of variations on that recommendation in my task design workshops. I …

Exit Cards – What do yours look like?

Classrooms that have moved toward a problem-based model often wrestle with the idea of individual accountability. If we offer tasks that are worked …

Focus on Relational Understanding

Forty years ago, Richard Skemp wrote one of the most important articles, in my opinion, about mathematics, and the teaching and learning of …

Teaching

Relational Thinking: What’s the Difference? - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Lessons learned from 3 Mistakes

I make mistakes all the time. We all do. As you’ve probably heard, mistakes are an important part of our learning. However, I don’t think it is …

Teaching

The Same… or Different?

For many math teachers, the single most difficult issue they face on a daily basis is how to meet the needs of so many students that vary greatly in …

Pedagogy

Questioning the pattern of our questions

I find myself spending more and more time trying to get better at two things. <b>Listening</b> and <b>asking the right kinds of questions that will push …

Teaching

Quick fixes and silver bullets…

I find myself reflecting on what I believe is best for my students and best for my students’ beliefs about what mathematics is often. When I get the …

Pedagogy

Concept vs Procedure: An anecdote about what it means to be good at math

A grade 5 teacher approached me asking if we could plan for a lesson toward the end of her unit on multiplication. To start, we grabbed our …

Teaching

How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions

It’s that time of year when many start to panic about the inevitable tests that will be given to students all over. And with this panic comes many …

Pedagogy

Aiming for Mastery?

The other day, a good friend of mine shared this picture with me asking me what my thoughts were:<p>On first glance, my thoughts were mixed. On one …

Pedagogy

Co-Teaching in Math Class

For the past few years I have had the privilege of being an instructional coach working with amazing teachers in amazing schools. It is hard to …

Teaching