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HAPPY is Most Important

Happy is most important! My whole practice method was developed on the premise that MOST of us (both “math-minded” and not) will end up frustrated by math trying to learn it with the minimal practice that is offered in the classroom. And not the healthy kind of...
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MFK Glossary Week: Skill-Building.

This week, let’s dig into the Math For Keeps Glossary! In these glossary segments, I’ll explore the different terms and concepts that are central to the Math For Keeps approach to mastery. Skill-building: An approach to teaching and learning that works...
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Is Math Hard?

“Many of us think that math is hard, but, as Cheng makes clear, math is actually designed to make difficult things easier.” I read this on the book jacket of one of my Christmas presents, How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics by...
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Grades Schmrades

Grades can be a misleading way to know if your learner knows the material. Maybe they got extra points for attending office hours, maybe the test was graded on a curve, maybe they crammed and knew the material in that snapshot of time, but do not have lasting mastery...
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I Fell in Love Again

Well, I fell in love again… with the annual We Are Girls Conference.  It happens every November, and is the most wonderful event, with the loveliest most empowering messages for young women and girls.  I get weepy thrills just walking through the doors every...
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