Welcome to the Math Playground blog. My name is Colleen and I've been deeply immersed in teaching and learning math for the past 15 years. It all began when my husband and I co-founded a math learning center in the Boston area called Math Advantage. Over the years, we've taught math to thousands of K-12 students. Some of our students come to review math concepts they're studying in school; others explore topics they have not yet seen. My main role at the learning center is curriculum development and I spend much of my time finding new and creative ways to teach math concepts. Games, computer programming, and real world math projects are some of the ideas we've tested. I also work directly with students, helping them move forward in their study of mathematics.
In addition to teaching, I publish a math website for children called Math Playground. I developed the site in 2002 as a way to provide additional practice for my students outside of class. Since then it has grown into a trusted and respected math resource for thousands of educators throughout the world. On Math Playground, you'll find practice games, thinking puzzles, learning activities, math worksheets, videos, and problem solving challenges.
The purpose of this blog is to share all that I've discovered over the years about mathematics, teaching, and learning. I will highlight math resources you can use in the classroom immediately, invite you to step into my own classroom to view my teaching style, and discuss issues relevant to all of us as math educators. I hope you'll find my experiences both educational and inspiring.