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My blog is actually hosted here: Learning With Donna 

There you will see my latest projects and I share what I learn with each new piece.

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Sewing as Therapy

I know that sewing runs deeper than the skill of putting fabric together. It connects me with a wider world. Continue reading

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Musings about Math Teaching

When we talk about math, it seems that many people have a lot of preconceived notions about this subject. I know I did. I thought math ability and understanding was inherited, and I was, sadly, missing that gene. I didn’t know that:

1. Math is a subject that everyone can learn, and can improve in their understanding.

2. There is more than one way to solve a problem.

3. I can learn math!

4. There are better ways to teach math.

My first grandchild was just born. I want his parents to know that telling stories is important. I want them to know that doing puzzles, posing open ended problems and making mistakes in solving problems is important. My grandson should love building and playing with things like: blocks, shapes, puzzles, lego, K’nex, Playmobile, dice, checkers, magic squares, and mazes.

I want him to learn to tie knots. I want him to learn the beauty of math and to understand the threeness of three! I want him to know that the equal sign is a balancing symbol, with both sides of the sign being equal, but not the same.

So, Parents:

Have a look at these sites. They are not mine, and I am not affiliated with any of them. But, it is a good way for you to look at math problems for your children.

Waiting in line, or driving in the car.

Math Bed Time Story: This site has a practical world story, with two levels of math problems to work at as you go to sleep.

Weekly Math problems from the National Council of Teachers of Math

GAINS: Excellent units of math for students who are struggling with number sense (10-14 years old) (Ontario, Canada). This site is especially good for teachers who are dedicated to improving their teaching strategies in math, as well as language, ELL, and differentiated instruction.

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Musings about this site!

I love the thinking  and books by Ellin Keen, Stephanie Harvey, Nancie Atwell, David Booth and Anne Goudvis. All of these authors and educators have opened my eyes to a more comprehensive understanding of literacy.
I am new to blogging and want to explore my passion for teaching by using this site as a sounding board. To be honest, I feel a little self-conscious, but I am sure I will become more confident as I work at it. Please share your experiences, feelings, best practices here.

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