Slice of the Pi

October Edition

“October had tremendous possibility. The summer's oppressive heat was a distant memory, and the golden leaves promised a world full of beautiful adventures. They made me believe in miracles.” Sarah Guillory

How Can I Use My Math Coach?

I know this role is brand new to me and you! I recently read an article by educational consultant Steve Barkley that included some interview questions for staff to assess the quality of leadership teams. I modified some of the questions that I think could be used to consider how I can support you :



I wish you had been with me when________________ because ___________________.


This is a question that a staff member (or parent or student) asked, or a statement made, that left me unsure how to respond...


I've noticed one of my colleagues “shining” with his/her skills in _____ area and I'd like to get better at that too.


I could use some help figuring out__________________.


I'd like to gather feedback on ________.


I'm earmarked to upper elementary for now, but if you are in K-2 ( or a 3/4 from a school where I am working with the other grade) I'm happy to find some time for you. Shoot me an email with any of those sentence stems, or anything else on your mind!

Yes, you ARE a math person!

Check out this article from Math for Love to explore what it really means when we say, "Anyone can do math."
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Dear Family,

As a reminder from the September newsletter, this year you do not need to hold math tests. All Bridges math assessments can be shared with families, and they do not need to be returned and stored. I would recommend deciding on a common day to send the information home as a grade level and if/when you will send home pretests. If you have any questions about this process please reach out.


Here is a link to an article from lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, Jason Zimba, on how parents can help with homework. It could provide some nice talking points for the fall parent conferences.

Adding 2 Digit Numbers (42 + 35) with Notes

Annnnddd Go!

Check out these articles and videos discussing fact fluency:




How does the information here align with your beliefs? Current practices? Does the information confirm or challenge your thinking? Interested in making any changes? Reach out to collaborate on some ideas!

Up for a challenge?

Step 1:Pick a number

Step 2:Double it

Step 3:Add 5

Step 4:Multiply by 50

Step 5:If you've had your birthday this year, add 1769, or, if you've not yet had your birthday this year, add 1768

Step 6:Subtract the year of your birth

You should end up with a number that is a combination of the number you started with followed by your age. For example, if you are 12 and you start with the number 27, the result you should end up with is 2712.

Your tasks:

  1. Let n represent the number in Step 1 and show what happens through Step 6.
  2. Explain why the result is always the original number followed by your age.

Click here to confirm or challenge your thinking!

Miss last month?

September Edition: Slice of the Pi

Questions? Comments? Curiosities?

I'd love to hear what's on your mind!