Kindergarten mathematicians at work! What are they learning?

It’s just the beginning of the school year but kindergarten mathematicians are already deep into their work. Teacher Bridget O’Dowd tells us what they’re learning and how you can keep the learning going at home. The kindergarten has just completed their first math unit on counting and are well on their way into the second […]

New teaching framework makes Mr. Nordling’s math lessons more accessible

As part of our new strategic plan, we’re considering how to best meet the needs of diverse learners. Some teachers are starting to receive professional development in Universal Design for Learning, a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all students based on scientific insights into how humans learn. Zach Nordling is changing […]

Video slideshow: What did we learn in the 2017-18 school year?

It’s been an incredible year of learning. Watch this short video and see just a few of the many field trips, areas of study, collaborations, and friendships that happened this year. Thank you for being an important part of the Mustard Seed community! Have a wonderful summer.    

Mr. Lawrence presents at New³ summer math conference

When Jim Matthews, a math professor at Siena College, asked Mr. Lawrence if he would present at the New³ summer conference, Mr. Lawrence couldn’t refuse. After all, Professor Matthews is a math hero to Mr. Lawrence, and a recent inductee into the New York State Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame. (Did you know that there’s […]

How do you teach kindness? Part 2: pre-algebra

The Upper School faculty has made it a goal to focus on kindness in the classroom community this year. Which got me thinking: how do experienced teachers wrap lessons about kindness around academics? And what difference does it make? Back in December, I began a short blog series to explore these questions. Here’s the second […]

What do mathematicians do? You might be surprised.

Editor’s note:  I have to take a moment to stop and celebrate.  Gary Lawrence has an article in the Dec/Jan issue of “Mathematics Teaching in Middle School.” Another thing that mathematicians’ do?  Share what they know!  Congratulations, Mr. Lawrence! I Love Math Day is coming up on February 12, 2015. It is only the observed […]

MSS in Indianapolis, Richmond, Trenton, and Jersey City

The fall has afforded several opportunities for teachers and students to share the good work that has been happening at Mustard Seed School with other educators around the United States. Celebrate with me! at conferences In October Mustard Seed teachers Emily Sytsma (preschool), Clara Buckley (preschool and Upper School art), and Melissa McCallihan (4/5) participated […]

New MSS video goes live on the website

Last spring we charged filmmaker Ed Holt with the task of capturing Mustard Seed in a three to four minute video.  No small task!  Ed was up to the challenge. After hours and hours of work, he created this: The filming took place over the course of a couple of months. Ed popped in and […]

Celebrating π Day Eases the Loss of I LOVE Math Day

The Pi Day celebration began with a moment of silence.  Acknowledging the loss of I LOVE Math Day (2/14). This year, snow froze the I LOVE Math Day fun and we were all forced to stay home. You can tell that our students and teachers felt grief over the loss of I LOVE Math Day. […]