### The Real Place Kids Learn Math |

"Hey there!

How do you teach math?

I don't mean, "How SHOULD you teach math?" but really - how DO you?

Okay, let me try to be a bit clearer (because at this point I'm kinda getting myself confused).

There is "official" math teaching and there are the things we do that accidentally teach math.

When teachers plan out lessons, there's intentional teaching about to happen. This can show up in the form of giving students step-by-step algorithms or through guided experiences. And different kids need each.

So really, there's not one way that we SHOULD teach math.

But how about the math that we teach when we don't even know we're teaching it?

Like counting to 5 when parents are about to punish their toddler. What kind of message does that send about counting?

Or just interacting with kids - you'll be surprised how math comes out in games, cooking, gardening or just driving down the road. From this they learn logic, fractions, volume and rates.

Did you know we were teaching math that way?

Stop for a minute the next time you interact with your students in a non-math situation. Is there math there? When you see it - say it out loud!

Let me know what you find and how you say it. I'd love to hear it!"

Courtesy "Bon Crowder"