# Day 14: Mathematical Minds

One of my favorite subjects to teach is math. I just love hearing each student’s processing.

We are working on 3 digit addition and are adding up the ones. In the one’s place is 9 in the first number and 6 in the other number.

“*Student*, tell me how you found the sum of 9 and 6,” I request.

“So I have 9 over here.” He holds up his left hand and waves it behind his head. “And I have 6 over here.” He holds up his right hand and waves it behind his head on the other side. “I move one from the 6 and give it to the 9 to make 10. Then I have five and I add that to 10 to get 15.” He continues to gesture with his hands.

Just THAT right there. I love it. It’s simple and sweet. I love being a teacher.

## 4 Replies to “Day 14: Mathematical Minds”

1. Sometimes it is the simplest things that bring us joy as a teacher. I remember when I was in the classroom it was when my buddy Aiden finally ate a munchkin. It’s not a big thing. But for him it was HUGE.

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2. This is what I miss. I just love the way the younger kiddos think and share their thinking. Some days I have no idea what these big kids are talking about!

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