Marsbarn Designs...tag:typepad.com,2003:weblog-12979582018-03-09T10:30:14-08:00TypePadRadical thoughtstag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83500dad953ef01bb09fa165f970d2018-03-09T10:30:14-08:002018-03-09T10:30:14-08:00Some days, when washing one's hair in the shower, you think about radicals. No, not the kind of radicals that have counter culture beliefs (like carob is the same as chocolate), but the square root kind of radicals. The kind...hImaginary numbers, a basic primer with some non-mathematical imagery and pretty photostag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83500dad953ef01b7c8353c05970b2016-04-14T10:29:54-07:002016-04-14T13:55:05-07:00Imaginary numbers. What is the deal? What are they? Why are they freaky… or, wait, are they freaky? Some basics to get out the way: Say we have a number. Like 4. We can square that number (or multiply it...hMultiplication work aroundstag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83500dad953ef01b8d1a10367970c2016-02-17T11:50:16-08:002016-02-17T11:53:37-08:00There are a lot of methods of double digit multiplication. Personally, I don't feel that they are all created equal. Some are cumbersome, some are confusing, and many don't carry forward. Consider the following three methods: the Familiar, the Frustrating,...heggs & legos & clocks: fractions for the fourth grade settag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83500dad953ef01b8d19a6e32970c2016-02-02T14:31:00-08:002016-02-02T16:52:54-08:00I have an ongoing fraction-positive crusade with my older pupils. Embrace the fraction! Learn to love it, and it will be your bosom friend. I'm not sure what it is about fractions that frighten and intimidate, but they do, and...hDyslexia and Understanding, by the numbers. tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83500dad953ef01b7c7fc3f37970b2015-12-18T10:02:20-08:002015-12-18T10:02:20-08:00I have dyslexia. I reverse letters, shapes, numbers, number sequences, and directions. I have tools I constantly use to coach myself through left and right. I have good days. I have bad days. And no, this doesn't stop me from...hEvolution of arrays, or why they aren't just one trick poniestag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83500dad953ef01bb08922068970d2015-11-17T16:46:52-08:002016-04-14T10:42:03-07:00I have been a slow (okay, glacial) convert to arrays. They appear early in the Common Core curriculum. This is what they look like in third grade, where they are used for basic multiplication skills. Then, they move onto this...hArrays, or one of those mysteries parents don't understandtag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83500dad953ef01b7c7e6f463970b2015-11-03T09:49:43-08:002015-11-03T09:49:05-08:00My main, number one, burning hot issue with common core, is the alienation of parents in the curriculum. The "you can't possibly understand the intricacy of what we're doing with your child" tone of the math roll out. But here's...hKeeping multiplication facts light and fasttag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83500dad953ef01b7c7e0c6c0970b2015-10-20T20:46:13-07:002015-10-20T20:54:35-07:00How do you build speed with multiplication, teach place value, build confidence, reinforce the joy of being challenged, and listen to a fourth grader giggle? Welcome to math tutoring! Multiplication facts, times tables, whatever you want to call them, you...hThe Business Bucket List: Changing creative paths in the realm of the self employedtag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83500dad953ef01bb08809919970d2015-10-12T11:13:02-07:002015-10-12T11:13:02-07:00It's been 15 years since I last drew a paycheck. Coincidentally, (or not) my eldest daughter is 15. I began sewing for pay as way to earn extra cash, and as a way to differentiate my days. Sewing and doing...hWe process the world individuallytag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d83500dad953ef01bb0835929a970d2015-05-27T22:50:18-07:002015-08-11T14:52:23-07:00I was looking over a unit assessment test that one of my students had taken in school, when I was struck by one of his answer sets. This student is in 5th grade, and we've been working together this year...h