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Helping children become mathematicians!

Seeing Dots: NCTM 2014 New Orleans Presentation April 11, 2014

Screen shot 100 dot arrayI am excited to be here in New Orleans at the 2014 NCTM conference. Yesterday was a great day of sessions for me, and I am delighted to be presenting a session in just a couple of hours! “Seeing Dots: Using Arrays to Add, Subtract, Multiply and Divide” will focus on all the different ways the 100 dot array can be used to help students visualize and represent numbers — something which leads to a deeper understanding of numbers.

I am posting the handout from the workshop as well as links to 100 dot arrays is the different sizes.

I hope you try using the 100 dot array in your elementary classroom!

Download the conference handout here.

Download a 100 dot large array here.

Download 4 arrays on a page here.

Download 6 arrays on a page here.

Download 12 arrays on a page here.

Mathematically yours,



A Thought for Today April 2, 2014

Screen shot 2014-04-02 at 8.43.24 AM“A typical classroom narrows our thinking strategies and answer options. The teacher insisting on a ‘right answer’ is NOT healthy for growing a smart, adaptive brain. Good quality education education encourages the exploration of alternative thinking, multiple answers, and creative insights.”Eric Jensen

What kind of classroom do you have?

Mathematically yours,