All posts by Johannes Fischer

Monica on video, explaining fraction division

(If you can’t see the video player, try it here, please.)

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Monica on BAM! Radio in the U.S.A.

My host on “BAM! Radio” introduced me with these words:

"You'll quickly hear that our guest is in love with math. Learn how she develops and shares that love with students and how you can too."

Listen to it here: Monica on BAM! Radio

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Common Core Mathematics Explained, Examined and Unpacked

At Reading Sage I published an article titled “Common Core Mathematics Explained, Examined and Unpacked”.

Have you ever asked yourself what’s the main purpose of teaching computation—addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division—in a world where adults and children alike have iPhones, tablets, calculators, and other devices at their fingertips?

The answer is not to know how to carry out the algorithm. Fifty years ago, the how-to was the main purpose. But today, if we just teach children how to add, how to subtract, or how to multiply, we will not be meeting our higher call. We would actually be failing our pedagogical mission, as the children would always lose out to calculators and computers, even cheap ones for that matter! Deep mathematical thinking or algebraic thinking is our higher purpose in teaching elementary school number and computation.

Read all at Reading Sage.

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A New Light on Literacy and Mathematics: Four Cross Disciplinary Teaching Practices

At Corwin-Press I published together with Mollie Cura an article titled “A New Light on Literacy and Mathematics: Four Cross Disciplinary Teaching Practices”.

To help teachers blur the boundaries of subjects, we focus this post on four teaching-practice bridges between the two worlds of learning, mathematics and literacy. Our hope is to plant seeds of reflection. Once educators realize that both literacy and mathematics are ways of knowing and both offer lenses through which we make sense of our world, they will see that their ultimate goal is to teach students to think. The fog then clears and the bridges begin to shine in a new light (see A New Light on Literacy and Mathematics).

Read all at Corwin-Press.

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Revisiting Division with Fractions: Five Suggestions to Cultivate Meaning

At Corwin-Press I published an article titled “Revisiting Division with Fractions: Five Suggestions to Cultivate Meaning”.

In this post, informed by experience and research, I revisit fraction division by addressing five fundamental reasons why students have so much difficulty with it and offer suggestions for helping students overcome them. Hopefully, the suggestions will help teachers clarify some of the mystery!

Read all directly at Corwin-Press.

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Press article about “MathéMagie”

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Video “Fascinating French Feast”

Fascinating French Feast – Directed by Didier Rousselet and Monica Neagoy.

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Video “LE NEON French-American Theatre Demo”

LE NEON French-American Theatre Demo (archival footage from VHS).

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Theatre “L’Assemblée des femmes”

Assemblée des femmes, Affiche

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