This web page documents my daughter Autumn’s journey in learning mathematics. See how she reacts to my mathematics questions (mistakes and all) in her very special video blog. If you are a teacher of teachers, please feel free to use the videos in your class. If you are a prospective teacher, watch and try to understand her thinking—you will see her thinking or will want to encourage her thinking in your classes someday.
Multiplying by 25 (12/22/2015) - In this video, 7-year-old(!) Autumn shows how easy it is to multiply a number by 25. The accompanying article explains why teaching this method is important for preparing children for Algebra. Continue reading Variables made easy (10/16/2015) - In this video, 6-year-old Autumn explains that a variable in an expression can be thought of as a "slot" that a number can be inserted into. Watch her do arithmetic with "slots" (i.e., variables)! Continue reading Pleasurable Adding (4/1/2015) - Can you add as fast as a 6 year-old? See how Autumn uses techniques from Eureka Math to add two numbers, including 999+64. Continue reading The Mardi Gras Problem (3/1/2015) - At a recent family-friendly Mardi Gras parade, Autumn and I wondered: How many beads does a float rider need to buy for a Mardi Gras parade? Continue reading Multiplying by 9 (2/16/2015) - In this video, 6-year-old Autumn shows how easy it is to multiply by 9. Watch her multiply 18x9 in her head and explain how she did it! Continue reading Learning to Multiply, Part III (2/13/2015) - In the grand finale and Part III of a three part series, we put the two skills learned in Part I and Part II together to show an easy way to start to learn the basics of multiplying. Continue reading Learning to Multiply, Part II (2/11/2015) - In this video on learning to multiply, Autumn shows how skip count by 10s, 3s, 5s, and 4s. In the grand finale, Part III, we put the skills learned from Part I and Part II together! Continue reading Learning to Multiply, Part I (2/9/2015) - Intended Audience: Teachers and parents of K-5 students This Growing Up With Eureka video is Part I of a three part series on how to start the process of learning to multiply with your child/students. By “start the process” I mean we … Continue reading 100th Day of School (2/2/2015) - On the 100th day of first grade, Autumn asked me if we could do a Growing Up With Eureka based upon the day. Well, yes, of course! Continue reading Alice 3 Demonstration (1/26/2015) - This demonstration is by my (then) 5-year-old daughter Autumn. The software program, Alice, is a great way to help students learn the basics of programming games. Continue reading