# Collaboration Archives - Mary Kienstra

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By: Mary Kienstra on: September 11, 2014 in: Collaboration, Engagement, enthusiasm, Kakooma, Math *

The biggest problem I have this year with my math students is that they are over-enthusiastic about math. I prefer to call it that instead of “talkative”. I joke that their enthusiasm is a good problem to have. This group of students LOVES math. They truly are excited and enthusiastic about everything we are doing. […]
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By: Mary Kienstra on: September 2, 2014 in: Collaboration, Discussion, Greg Tang math, Marcy Cook math, math engagement, order of operations *

Nothing rocks the world of young mathematicians like the order of operations. Just when they are feeling confident with their math facts, the rules change! Now they have to follow a certain order – and it makes no sense to them at all! I introduce the proper order using PEMDAS as a guide, but there […]
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By: Mary Kienstra on: January 11, 2014 in: Collaboration, differentiation, Engagement, lanyard, Math *

My latest idea for improving math engagement is what I call, “Lanyard Math”. Funny thing about this is that it is just the same problems from the student book – presented in a new format that makes them very engaging. Lanyard math is actually an idea that […]
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