Thursday, December 1, 2016

Where you can buy The Pancake Menu this holiday season...

Hey everyone!

I really do need to go out and promote my book, but as many of you know promotion can be difficult. Today I decided to brainstorm some ways to get my book out in front of the public eye... so I'm running a Pinterest ad for three weeks and started up my Google ad again too!

That made me curious though... How many places are there you can find the book? Many people ask me where they can buy the book. I would love if people buy directly from me at kidsmenubooks.com, but there are a few other places to get it.  So here is the list of places to get the book with links : )
 
Well, I hope you found that helpful and can manage to get a copy for you and your loved ones this holiday season! Also, don't forget to leave reviews after purchasing it--thanks!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I'm back and sharing a neat online math resource!

Hello everyone! I took a break for a while at the beginning of this school year. It's a busy one for me with four different schools to juggle and volunteering right and left. But I'm back for today to share a neat math resource with you!

This awesome new resource is a fun, playful collection of the best math-centric online content curated by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. It’s More Math!, a fun way to explore the wonder and beauty of math with puzzles, games, books, videos, and other mathy treats. 

The current favorites are: Mathical for kids and families, Varsity Math for teens and adults, and Numberphile - for all ages!

FYI, MSRI is one of the world’s preeminent centers for collaborative research in mathematics. MSRI’s public programs – including its online destinations – are dedicated to showcasing the playfulness, beauty, power, and importance of mathematics in our everyday lives.



A link to More Math! is on the Watch & Play section of NationalMathFestival.org (which looks super interesting too!). Here is the twitter link: twitter.com/natmathfestival

I hope you have a great day and enjoy!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Yay! Another book award!!!

I'm so excited to share the news that The Pancake Menu has recently won another award! This time it's a bronze from Readers' Favorite in the Concept Book category!
It's an honor to get this award and I'd love to go to the award ceremony but it's all the way in Miami, FL and that's a pricey airline ticket for me. But I am so excited to have won bronze!

It's a pretty seal, but I don't think my front cover has room for more than one award seal.  

Which one do you think is better?  I'd love to know your opinion.  Thanks for stopping by today. Also, I feel I should somehow showcase that I've won the awards on kidsmenubooks.com but I haven't figured out how I should word it or put it on there.  Let me know if you have any ideas : ) Thanks!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

In the top 100 math blogs!

Hello everyone!

I know it's been a while--busy and relaxing summer at the same time.

I'm happy to announce that my little blog here got picked as one of the top 100 math blogs! I was #90 : )

It was nice to see many of my blogger friends among the list as well! Congrats to all that made the list and I hope you enjoy the other blogs as much as you do mine too.

My toddler has been enjoying taking pictures with my phone a lot lately and he got this fun shot of one of his Magnaform creations.

I hope everyone has had a nice summer and is enjoying the beginning of the school year!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Finishing off the Book Study Blog Hop of Balancing the Equation

What a wonderful and full week we have had with great math talk! Here's how the book ends...

Epilogue: Conclusion and Action Steps for Educators and Parents.


Both Educators and Parents needs to be on board to support more rigorous common math standards for all students and implement effective instructional strategies, as outlined in chapter 4. It might be one or both of the follow that is standing in our way from progressing.

Disagreement on Mathematics Learning Goals
So, should we focus on facts, skills, and procedures, or concepts and understanding? How should students learn--teacher directed with memorization, or student centered with reasoning and discovery?

Disagreement still exists today on learning styles, however the CCSS for mathematics define a common expectation for student learning in mathematics. The standards are coherent, focused, and have proper sequencing of math topics that promote student learning--both from research and through international comparisons.

There is a clear need to teach math at a deeper level so students understand concepts and are able to transfer those skills to solve problems. High quality standards help students understand the how (procedural skill), the why (conceptual understanding), and when (application) of mathematics.

Cultural Nature of Mathematics Teaching
Teaching is a cultural activity--we learn from the previous generation and often teach how we were taught.

Every adult has some conceived notion of what constitutes effective mathematics instruction looks like.  And although there are research-based practices that we are trying to implement, because it doesn't look identical to what we think is the best method we resist change. The authors compare this to a physician--would you rather them use up-to-date research to treat you or practices used generations ago?

Action Steps

"It is essential that we no longer debate the merits of either the CCSS for mathematics or any other set of coherent, comprehensive, and rigorous standards. Instead, we now have the opportunity to use standards that require a balance of procedural fluency with complex reasoning as a catalyst to raise expectations for student learning and support effective instructional practices in the classroom."

They then go on to discuss six action steps you can take which include things such as advocating for higher math expectations, using research-informed instructional strategies, and working with students to persevere when a challenging task arises. Expect student to develop both conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. Also, be willing to confront individuals who criticize math education based on opinion or half-truths.

We are encouraged as educators and parents to work together to balance the mathematics education equation and make equilibrium in math learning a reality for all students and future generations as well.

Appendix: Additional Resources for Parents

This provides additional resources that you might find useful as you support children's mathematics learning. They provide a nice description in the book, but I will list a few of the links below...

http://figurethis.nctm.org
http://gamequarium.org/dir/Gamequarium/Math
http://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/math/index.html
http://hoodamath.com
http://nctm.org
http://www.nctm.org/standards-and-positions/common-core-state-standards/teaching-and-learning-mathematics-with-the-common-core/

The book is full of other links, but you really should buy the book for yourself because it is a great read, and as you have seen if you check through the links during this past week's blog hop, there are so many insights into how we can change mathematics teaching and learning for the better.

The remaining few last pages of the book has all the sited references and resources as well as a handy index if you are searching for a particular topic.

Recap

This has been an honor and a pleasure to read and do this blog hop with great math bloggers with the book Balancing the Equation. It is a call to action and a great resource for us to share with teacher friends and fellow parents as we strive to make everyone understand the importance of mathematics curriculum having an equilibrium. May we all work to advocate for our students learning the how, when, and why behind mathematics!

If you need to go back and reference any part of our hop, here is the schedule with links...

  • 7/5/16) Kids Math Teacher -- Table of Contents, About the Authors, and Introduction
  • 7/6/16 Evil Math Wizard -- Chapter 1: Why Mathematics Education Needs to Improve
  • 7/7/16 The Math Spot -- Chapter 2: A Brief History of Mathematics Education
  • 7/8/16 The Research Based Classroom -- Chapter 3: The Common Core Mathematics Debate
  • 7/9/16 Math Coach's Corner -- First half Chapter 4: The Equilibrium Position and Effective Mathematics Instruction
  • 7/10/16 The Recovering Traditionalist -- Second half Chapter 4: The Equilibrium Position and Effective Mathematics Instruction
  • 7/11/16 Guided Math Adventures -- Chapter 5: How to Help Your Child Learn Mathematics
  • 7/12/16 Kids Math Teacher -- Epilogue, Appendix, and Recap

  • Tell us what you have thought about this book study! Thank you!

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