## Making Your Own Sense

Reflections on maths, learning, and the Maths Learning Centre.

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## Book Reading: Choice Words

This post is about my reaction to the book "Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children's Learning" by Peter H. Jonston.

## TMC17 Diary

Well I did it. I went to Twitter Math Camp 2017 (TMC17) in Atlanta, Georgia, *USA*.

## 65536

I have a whole suite of maths t-shirts that I made myself. One of them simply has the number 65536 on it. It's been getting a bit of attention over the past couple of weeks, so I thought I might write about it.

## Bodyscale Prime Climb

Prime Climb is a wonderful game by Dan Finkel (aka @MathforLove), which you can find out more about here. The board is a path made of the numbers from 0 to 101, coloured by an ingenous and beautiful system.

## The Arts student's maths brain

Yesterday I talked about one of the common responses to people finding out I am a mathematician/maths teacher, that of saying, "I'm not a maths person." The other common response I get is, "I don't have a maths brain." (John Rowe mentioned this in his comment on the previous post.)

## Actually, I am a maths person

I am a mathematician and a maths teacher. Therefore it is an occupational hazard that any random person who finds out what my job is will respond with "I'm not a maths person." The most frustrating people are my own students who I am trying to tell that my actual job is to help them learn maths. I used to tell them that there was no such thing as a "maths person", but I have recently come to the conclusion that this is a lie. There is definitely such a thing as a maths person because *I* am a maths person.

## Childhood memories

Two books I've read recently have encouraged me to investigate my memories from childhood. In Tracy Zager's "Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had", she urged me to think about my maths autobiography to see what influenced my current feelings about maths. In Stuart Brown's "Play", he urged me to think about my play history to see what influenced my current feelings and tendencies about play. In the spirit of those two, here are some of my earliest memories about maths and play.

## Book Reading: Play - How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul

Looking back at my blog over the past few months, I've done a lot of these "book reading" posts. I really did mean to do some more on other ideas, but I felt I had to get these thoughts out of the way first. So here's another book reading post, this time about the book "Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul" by Stuart Brown (with Christopher Vaughan).

## Book Reading: Making Number Talks Matter

Here is another post about a book I've read recently. This time, I'm writing about the book "Making Number Talks Matter" by Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker.

## Book Reading: Becoming the Math(s) Teacher You Wish You'd Had

This post is about Tracy Zager's most excellent book, *Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had*.

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