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Mathematician and author Manil Suri (University of Maryland Baltimore) visited St. Andrews Public School in Toronto and took questions from students and parents at the school's Math Community Evening, where young students shared their classroom learning with family, firends, and the wider community.
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New documentary: The Pleasure of Making 10. Students exploring linear functions and inequations in grade 3/4? How can that be? In grades 3 and 4, students solve missing number equations, like 3 + __ = 12 and __ + 5 = 8. Solving such unrelated problems, students do not have opportunities to experience the beauty of math patterns and relationships. One alternative is to engage students with problems such as __ + __ = 10 and __ + __ < 10. Students get lots of practice solving missing number problems. But they also get lots of practice exploring patterns and representing relationships. The documentary shows how this was done in two grade 3/4 classrooms.
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Fear or dislike math? Someone is scaring young children away from math. Is it you? See Communique #2 of the Math Liberation Front.