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2019 Summer Game #2: Sum(mer) Building

Sum Building, game A70 from the Math Card Games book, is a puzzle-like game that is quite addicting! In fact, even as I was preparing for this blog, I found myself playing a few rounds instead of starting on dinner.... So, if you need a summer break ... Read More

2019 Summer Game #1: Sum(mer) Rummy!

It amazes me how my kids can’t wait for summer break – and then within a week, they tell me how bored they are. As I do not want them sitting in front of the computer or TV all day, I have found that adding a few math card games to their day not only ... Read More

Dr. Cotter and Geometry

For years geometry was not considered a topic that primary students could or should study, even though they are surrounded by geometrical shapes. I had no geometry in school until 10th grade. Sometimes teacher education programs provide little ... Read More

Dr. Cotter on RightStart and Montessori

Most people have heard of Montessori, but often they are not sure what it’s all about. The word Montessori refers both to a person, Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), an Italian physician and educator, and the Montessori method of education she ... Read More

Dr. Cotter on Technology

When you hear the word technology, you probably think of computers or tablets. But calculators have become an essential electronic tool for performing more complicated arithmetic. People had been seeking simpler ways to perform calculations for ... Read More

Dr. Cotter on Language

In mathematics we can’t do much without using language. Even though the mathematician may write a mass of equations, she needs words to explain their meaning. Good math instruction requires careful attention to the terms used. We don’t want students ... Read More