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Coleman: To Solve the Problem Below, Try Using a Tape Diagram. It’s an Example of How Different Ways of Doing Math Can Make Hard Problems Easy

The 74 Million – LauraMarie Coleman

“Major news outlets spend little time covering mathematics, so imagine my surprise — and pleasure — to see that one of the most popular pieces this summer in The New York Times addressed, of all topics, “the order of operations.” The story concluded, “Let’s spend more time teaching our students the more beautiful, interesting and uplifting parts of mathematics. Our marvelous subject deserves better.” As an educator who has spent the past 16 years teaching mathematics, I couldn’t agree more. And that made me think: What might be another common challenge facing teachers, and why not explore it with readers?” (more)

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