Show your work

I've been learning about math all over again thanks to the updates in the math curriculum in the intervening years between my childhood and theirs.

It is more understandable and they are less freaked out than I was.  I credit it with an emphasis throughout the curriculum on identifying patterns and with encouraging the kids to interpret every number in words, pictures, equations so that kids can understand the number and its relationship to others from many different angles.

We were taught to show our work, but not taught how to show our work.

Showing your work helps show how you got to the final answer.

I am beginning to feel like this blog is me showing my work.  It is me showing me my work.  It is not going to lead a final "answer", but it is showing incremental steps towards something,  I am looking forward to where the breadcrumbs will eventually lead.