by MathPickle | Oct 30, 2015 | Teaching Technique Discussion |

I have honed some techniques for introducing new games and puzzles into the elementary classroom. From my previous blog postings (and the video below) you will know that I do NOT recommend teaching the rules at the start, but rather to engage students immediately by...
by MathPickle | Oct 9, 2015 | Teaching Technique Discussion |

I have been using your puzzles for a long time on my classrooms… Honestly, they are the best mathematics learning I have found to date- all the students have an entry point, and everyone is successful and challenged… I’m wondering how you come up...
by MathPickle | Oct 2, 2015 | Teaching Technique Discussion |

I failed yesterday. Background: I encourage students to work in pairs or occasionally triples with a single puzzle-sheet shared between them. In my classes paper is a scarce resource. I love to see co-operative math as in the photo above. However, I have been relaxed...
by MathPickle | Sep 28, 2015 | Pickle Opinion |

Mathematics is usually taught brick on brick – each brick resting solidly on the ones underneath. This sounds good. Brick on brick mathematics education is capable of building an impressive edifice. Look at the power of the average calculus student after a...
by MathPickle | Sep 12, 2015 | Teaching Technique Discussion |

To teach the Scientific Method the natural impulse is to turn to the natural world. This needs rethinking. Mini-Mathethatical Universes can be created which students can poke and prod with precision. These universes should be given to students without explanation. My...