Criteria For Mastery

MFK Criteria For Mastery In order to check a skill off as Mastered, For Keeps, these 4 things should be true about it: 1   you know it 2   you know you know it 3   you know it quickly, confidently, independently and efficiently …AND… 4   You know it even when you...

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The MFK Assessment is the Bomb

Y’all I love my assessment so much! I wish all math teachers had the luxury of something like this. It is so informative. It shows where you stand with respect to skills you’ve been shown so far in your academic career. And even more importantly, it shows where you...

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Even A Students Need Help

If you are learning math in this country in this century, chances are you have been taught math from a concept-based approach, not a skill-based one. Understanding concepts is the end goal, but it's the language, the skill-piece of math, that really helps you get...

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Parents Need Math Too!

Did you know you’re supposed to exercise your brain every day?  To protect against Alzheimer’s, memory loss, fatigue, depression, brain fog, …and to improve mental clarity, concentration and focus.  Practicing anything is a great way to strength-train your brain.  And...

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Creativity & Learning & Brain Hacks Oh My… (Part 2 of 2!)

Howdy! Last week I was talking about how absolutely inspiring and amazing it is to watch a human go from not being able to do something to…(bippity boppity boo)... being able to do it! It is pretty much the coolest thing EVER. Here are 4 key things I have noticed...

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How do you get better at something (piano, tennis, math,…)?

You don’t get better by going to lessons, or to class. You get better by practicing what you are shown in those lessons. People don’t know how to do that. They get stuck. They might get accused of lacking discipline, but I don’t even think that. I think it's that most...

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How to Make Your Math Class This Year a Pleasure Not a Pain.

Y’all it’s Back to School Month already! Man, this summer was like a blink. But it’s not over yet! Still a few weeks for swimmin’ and barbecuein’ …and math-assessin! I can assess your math skills and tell you how ready for your math class you are. Then I can give you...

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MFK Glossary Week: Spaced Repetition

Yo.  What is Spaced Repetition?  I like to describe it like this: it’s when you rope a skill back into your orbit right before you’re about to lose it.  You space your practice of skills so that they’re always timed as close to that about-to-lose it point as...

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