Code Math TEKS

Fort Bend P-16 Math Summit October 29th

GREG TANG KEYNOTE – Major Economics – Minor Computer Science
“We would be better off if we taught coding instead of math in schools.”

It’s about the PROCESS … It’s about the PRACTICE … It’s about the PLAN …
It’s about YOU!

Knowledge is answers to questions!!!
How can coding (CS and CT) enhance one of your daily math lessons?


  1. Warmup:  Binary Bracelets
    1. Color Theme –Hex Codes for MBL Teams
      1. World Series and Cleveland (This is where my father is from).
  2. Fold-a-book – Real Life Algorithms and Planning Process
  3. If You Plant-a-Seed – Ideas that you grow
    1. Math TEKS Coorelation
    2. CAMT
  4. Walk-the-Line
    1. Line Dance and Getting Loopy
    2. Geometry
  5. Circles and Connecting the Dots

Want to learn more?

  1. Rice University RUSMP
  2. FREE PD
  3. University of Texas WeTeachCS
  4. Bootstrap – Algebra Integration
  5. Computer Science for Texas Meetups
  6. Google – Computational Thinking
  7. Greg Tang – Keynote for 3 hours at Fort Bend P16 conference
    1. Wants kids to think about numbers – using number bonds over years
      1. CS Connection – just break apart – Apples in a barrel example – 108 / 9 part, part, whole.  Sees the pattern – groups.
      2. CS Connection – explain the process – write and code the algorithm
    2. Efficiency matters – takes deeper understanding
    3. Meta-cognition – visual images – kids need to think deeply
    4. Kids like to figure – can do this with reasoning puzzles if practice everyday.  Think in a systematic way. Example used Consecutive digit problem.
        • Can you come up with a formula? In CS we call this an abstraction.
    5. Number lines and paper folding – Cuisenaire rods. Use rectangles instead of lines. Build vocabulary connections: Perimeter Peri (around) Meter (measure).
    6. Fraction example divide up a cookie.  Notation is problem, want 1/2 or 1/4?
    7. Equal sign – everything is a comparison. Wanted his kids to be comfortable with math as they were going to school for hockey. What two numbers add up to 20, but have a difference of 4?
    8. Key is PRACTICE – does that with books and puzzles. Sees groups – look for 10s. Use Dice. Did Scope and Sequence with cross-word and snake puzzles that are self-checking. Turning into board games so have F2F interaction.
    9. Most his books are over a decade old so enhancing with online puzzles. Can your kid write an app bringing concepts into the digital age? Works with districts to streamline. Greg’s “background is economics not teaching.” My background is teaching. I can help educators for free as raises the funds to deal with equity for CS for All.

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