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Mary

I was a bit perplexed by the name changed because I hadn’t read about the change from EIM to Zeno. However, I love the name Zeno because my grandfather, father, oldest brother and a nephew all have ZENON as their first name. My dad used to tell me about the Greek philosopher Zeno. So, I think your name change is terrific. Keep up the good work with making math fun and exciting for my son and all kids.

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The Math Matters Sandbox | Zeno

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Jelena

Interesting topic!
Yes, there are so many different books around and it’s not easy to pick the right one especially if you are a parent who would like to help kid. I am over 30 and did not have that drill and kill torture in elementary school (I went to school in Serbia). We had to practice a lot but half word problems half basic calculation. That mix was something that make me feel good about math. All those word problems and puzzles helped me to see interesting side of math.
Regarding the book (in english) so far I found the best is
Creative Problem Solving in School Mathematics by G. Lenchner.
There are some other interesting books which I love but they are not avilable in english!

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Why is MathFest free? | Zeno

[…] a huge mathalicious celebration in the community. I mean epic fun in a math carnival setting. At MathFest, families work through booths – solving problems, building hexagons, winning prizes – while […]

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Dave Osmer

This is very sad news :’-( I just spoke with her at your new name announcement party and she said she was doing well. She was a woderful, kind and compassionate soul and really cared about your mission and the kids you are serving.

MathFest …or bust! | Zeno

[…] Our MathFest elves are very busy today, putting the final touches on the spectacular event that it is. Hexaflexagons? Check! Measurement games? Check. Food, prizes and fun? Check, check and check! […]

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Samuel Castro

My son love the mathfest. He had a lot of fun last night. He enjoyed it.

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Leonard Pitts weighs in on the Virginia and Florida standards | Zeno

[…] hearing about Virginia having different performance standards for students based on race and disability? Well, Florida has already adopted differing standards […]

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Hooda Math Games

I don’t know if I completely agree. It may not be the higher standards that is the problem, but rather the time limit of them. Some students take longer to learn different concepts, just as not all children learn to read at the exact same time. Why do we expect different in Mathematics?

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Mary

That is a good point, Hooda Math Games; shouldn’t all kids be looked at on a developmental continuum? FL and VA are setting proficiency standards based on a demographic rather than developmental scale. Pitts worries that this sets up a culture of low expectations for many.

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that is just racist

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Carolyn

Are these all IPad/apple apps? How about some favorites for us Android users.

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Mary

Ah, good point. There are plenty of 24 games available on the Android platform. Just search “24 game” and a bunch will pop up (many of them free).

Also try Factor Samurai (who doesn’t love a samurai?) for practice in prime and composite numbers and Chicken Coop Fractions.

If you do load and play, let us know what you think.

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Appy days | Zeno

[…] Last week’s post on math apps has made folks hungry for more. So here are a few additional mathy apps for your smartphone or iDevice. Bonus points: they are all free or under a dollar! […]

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Common Core…what’s it good for? | Zeno

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Mar

You are creating racism. We live in America, so everyone should have an equal opportunity. Drop the idea that “people are born with their own genes and we can’t change that”.

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Patty Goffinet

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Mary

Agreed, Patty! What are some things that you personally do to get those little fish out in the water?

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No more teachers, no more books? | Zeno

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Thanks so much for these very clever tips! Summer starts tomorrow when school is out and we want to make the most of summer and these are terrific ideas to keep us learning all summer long.

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Thanks. Ample facts..
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The back-to-school boogie | Zeno

[…] and more forms. Inevitably, there is something else to get from the office supply store (lucky I love those places!) and checks to write for camps, technology, and class […]

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Common Core makeovers! | Zeno

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Madeleine

Mary I just ordered this book and can’t wait to read it with the kids. Our 3rd grader’s class theme this year is Pirates so this will fit in perfectly. Thanks for the idea.

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Mary

That’s great! Can’t wait to hear what your kids think of it.

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Hyejin Lee

I’d like to register Zeno math club for my son. He is attending Clyde Hill in 3rd grade now.
How can I register this program starting Oct. 2, 2013?
l’ll look forward to having your response.
Thanks.

DiscoverU and a college mascot contest | Zeno

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Anonymous

Your calendar says this is Thursday Nov. 7th. This page says Friday Nov. 8th. I’m guessing it really is Thursday, right?

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Erin

Thank you for reaching out! This is an old post about last fall’s 2012 MathFest. Our 2013 MathFest event is being held on Thursday, November 7th – we hope to see you there!

Zeno’s top 5 reasons for thankfulness | Zeno

[…] of their time. And give they do. For example, just about  10 days ago, we had 125 volunteers at MathFest manning game tables, handing out food, directing traffic, pushing brooms,  etc.. We have some […]

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Zeno’s top 5 reasons for thankfulness | Zeno

[…] You know who you are…the teacher in a building who says, “Sure! I will teach math club.” Vi Hart and others like her, who allows us to literally see the joy that comes from playing with math. The […]

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Shout out to Gatewood Elementary | Zeno

[…] teacher from Gatewood Elementary (located in West Seattle) attended our annual celebration known as MathFest, and became enthused about the possibility of bringing Zeno programming to his building. In a joint […]

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8 Great Ways to Celebrate Pi Day | Zeno

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Lisa Hester

Have not received a credit for canceling a Mid-Winter Math Camp for Cameron Hester at Bellevue SquAre

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Gracy

I wonder who at Brachs has the job to figrue out the measure of candy corn from end to end, how many candy corn equal a mile and how many times it would circle the earth. My students will love this problem but now I need to hunt down a leftover bag of candy corn .perhaps I should be searching for fun facts on candy canes ..

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Michelle G.

Those kids are lucky to have a math mentor like you Meg! And so is Zeno.

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Eloisa

The reason math and scicene are so essential to America is because our nation has become so developed that math and scicene is a vital resource to our country. In my local community a near by high school was given the title of having the greatest dropout rate in PISD. All these dropouts from this school and many other schools are going to lack the education needed in order to be sucessful in the real world. United States main priority is to be #1 at everything. However, the only form of education these dropouts have is elemetary/middle school education at most. Due to this the U.S is falling behind in math and scicene. In order to regain the global superiority that America would want would be for everyone to have at least a highschool education in math and scicene. This would increase the percentage of the educated in math and scicene drastically.

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Got the post-MathFest Blues? | Zeno

[…] It was quite an afternoon! Bean bags were flying, dice were rolling and positive math-memories were made. You can read more about how Eastside MathFest broke records and math-powered a community in our MathFest recap! […]

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how about summer math camps for the 5-6 grade children at the same location for summer 2015. that would be great for the hill!

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Christine Brodhead

I would like to get my class involved in the program. They are a group of 3rd grade gifted students working at the 4th grade level of math. How do I go about doing this?

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Caitlin Nunberg

Hi Christine, thanks for commenting. Zeno would love to host a MathWays Workshop at your school! I’ll email you with the details.

We look forward to working with you to create curious, confident kids who are Math Powered!

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Sabrina J Lewis

I can totally relate! Awesome Post!

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JB

This is an important point! There are different brains out there and different perspectives… We can’t just give up! To be able to relate and understand our world, we need to come to grips with these ideas.. These perspectives. My husband and daughter are math whizzes…my son and are are smart but differently. Throughout school, My daughter believed she could wrestle with classes and succeed… She would talk with teachers after class and take notes she would refer to. My son and I just thought smartness was inherent and something you could use your wits or smile to get or not… Sort of fate. The logician vs the fatalist. There is more to include here, but once I realized the huge difference– that referring to notes and relying on formulas, etc.was ok and not cheating per se… I understood another world of thought. I was not dumb. I just misunderstood the perspective. That perspective can and should be taught and understood! As well as others. Literacy teaching is including this now–at least in the state of California! I am so excited! It is teaching how to read like a scientist, historian, mathematician as well as linguist!

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sckani

Nice reflection! What if you feel that you do not have Maths-DNA? Start reading from the beginning-Grade I. You will become an expert in Maths and your children will love such a teacher! Read and understand their books before teaching.

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Michelle Gnuschke

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Carol Ryan

Megan, I am right there with you. It’s never too late to change your relationship with math, and Zeno’s safe zone is the key! I experienced the same shift. I may not be the fastest at computation, but I can do it and I will get there!

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Math Teachers at Play #85 via ZenoMath | Let's Play Math!

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Molly Spier

Having had the pleasure of being one of Julie Marl’s math teachers in high school, I am thrilled about her involvement with Zeno. She is a very successful and innovative young lady. She makes good things happen.

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Math Teachers at Play #85 via ZenoMath | DeniseGaskins.com

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Peggy Glick

Very exciting! You are really moving this thing along!

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